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Dry, warm conditions expected to last into 2018

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With an average daily temperature of 55.4, this November was the warmest November on Record in Roswell. Added to that, we have had 67 consecutive days without precipitation, making it the 17th longest dry spell in Roswell since 1893.

The longest dry spell in Roswell ended on Feb. 19, 1967, when the Alien City went for 143 days without rain, according to David Craft, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service forecast office in Albuquerque.

KRQE news in Albuquerque reported that this year’s Christmas day was the second warmest in the state’s history.

As the New Year begins, January, February and March also are expected to be dry and warm, Craft said.

“We have a 50 percent chance of warmer than normal temperatures,” Craft said. “And we have a 40 percent chance of below-normal precipitation.”

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Craft said this prediction is based on the fact that we are in a La Niña weather system, which is the direct opposite of El Niño.

For the southeast, La Niña will produce both warmer and drier than normal conditions, he said.

In other parts of the United States, a La Niña winter means more rain in the Pacific Northwest and brief periods of below-average temperatures in the Northeast, according to accuweather.com.

Community News reporter Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or vistas@rdrnews.com.

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