Mesilla Valley temperatures on the ri...

Mesilla Valley temperatures on the rise, NMSU data shows

There are 30 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Jan 22, 2011, titled Mesilla Valley temperatures on the rise, NMSU data shows. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

Suzi Stoltzfus, New Mexico State University weather observer and record keeper, whirls a sling psychrometer to determine the percentage of relative humidity in the air.

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macswife

Farmington, NM

#21 Jan 23, 2011
I find it strange or convenient that the articles fail to take into account that the campus has grown. With the area growth comes a heat sink factor. Of course with all the new buildings and pavement in the area the temperatures are higher on campus. This is not global warming.
mountain dry

Alto, NM

#22 Jan 23, 2011
Good article Ms. Alba. my garden at 6600 feet at the north end of the Sacramento mts. did not freeze until nearly Halloween last year--now this winter so little snow. The near record snow of 2009-2010 was a rarity, and it seems now we are back to the more near-normal dry, warm winters with too much wind.

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#23 Jan 23, 2011
ACORN did it!
Uh No

Albuquerque, NM

#24 Jan 23, 2011
srsjones825 wrote:
ACORN did it!
It war them gun nuts

Since: Jul 10

Albuquerque, NM

#25 Jan 23, 2011
I guess the fact that the Organs were covered with snow for MOST of last winter has no bearing on anything.

"Global Warming" may be supported by science, but so is La Nina.
MovingAlong

Santa Fe, NM

#26 Jan 23, 2011
It would be interesting to see how the stats were derived. What were the samples, the extremes, truncation, etc? Have to be somewhat leary of stats unless they are processed with some degree of intelligent thought. Based on data and their manipulation you can get amazingly different results. A hundred years of data is such a miniscule percentage of the earth's life, one has to be somewhat skeptical when processes are unknown.
Think about it

Albuquerque, NM

#27 Jan 24, 2011
wellduh2010 wrote:
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What taro leaves and mediums did you consult for this revelation? Was it swami Rush? Could you produce the scientific evidence for this "cooling" which flies in the face of all evidence?
The 'taro leaves'(I thought they were cards) is solar physics.

Our sun has a series of cycles overlayed starting with the 11 year half of the 22 year magnetic cycle to the 1432 year cycle.

Within that pattern of activity, our sun is in the part of the pattern that would indicate lower activity. The last half of the 20th century had the highest levels of solar activity in the last 400 years. The last three cycles has the highest SSN values of the entire 20th century.

Solar physicist are predicting a grand minima at about 2030.

The PDO went negative in 2002/05, in the negative phase, La Ninas are more intense and occur with greater frequency. La Ninas usually mean lower precipitation for our area.

Decreasing solar activity and the ocean occillations going negative, the PDO and the MOC, should produce lower temps and in our are specifically, less precipitation.
Jerry Zuniga

Santa Fe, NM

#28 Jan 24, 2011
It is incredible how quickly an article like this can bring out the global warming "sky is falling" nuts. Very humorous indeed.
Think about it

Albuquerque, NM

#29 Jan 24, 2011
MovingAlong wrote:
It would be interesting to see how the stats were derived. What were the samples, the extremes, truncation, etc? Have to be somewhat leary of stats unless they are processed with some degree of intelligent thought. Based on data and their manipulation you can get amazingly different results. A hundred years of data is such a miniscule percentage of the earth's life, one has to be somewhat skeptical when processes are unknown.
Agreed. No doubt by observation the last three decades appear to have warmed. I do not think that is in question. What is in question is by how much and why.

Certainly comparing a temperature that was once taken in the middle of a field to that which is taken from an area surrounded by concrete is not going to be a apples to apples comparison. But it does indicate that concrete can raise temperatures, at least in specific locations.

Irrigation can raise temperatures. Greenhouse gases are only about 3% of our atmosphere. Water Vapor is about 96% of the greenhouse gases. Around here we have added to our greenhouse gases, not with CO2 but with water vapor. Any one out there replace your swamp coolers with refrigerated air? Swamp coolers used to work very well, our humidity has gone up and they don't work so well anymore.

12,000 people used to live here, now you must add a zero to that to get close to the number of people that occupy our area. Ever been in a room that filled with people and noticed the temperature goes up. Our very activities of daily living are going to raise the temperatures from sheer volume.

We have warmed up, if history repeats itself, we will cool down.
Valley Native

Albuquerque, NM

#30 Jan 24, 2011
I think it should be noted that irrigation to the large tract located directly north of the weather station equipment as well as the site developed as our new convention center was stopped two seasons ago.

This was done in anticipation of the convention center and proposed hotel development. Also over the previous 10 years we have seen the development of a 100+ unit apartment complex to the north and the Skeen building to the east.

It would appear the development and irrigation trends in the area correlate to the reported warming.

If you don't think this matters, try taking a drive through the lower valley irrigated lands in the summer. You will find a minimum 3-5 degree drop in temperatures.

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