NWS: November heat on track to break record

Eddie Garcia
November 14, 2017 06:26 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The average first freeze at the Albuquerque International Sunport is on Halloween. Midway through November, it just hasn't happened yet.


Brian Guyer, a senior meteorologist at the Albuquerque National Weather Service, said it's because of unusually warm weather.

"Since we've moved into the 2000s period, we've seen temperatures above normal on most years and we've seen later than average freezes," Guyer said.

Guyer said top five latest first freeze dates have happened within the 21st century.

"In 2007, the latest freeze was on Nov. 22. So here today, we're about eight days away from that," said Guyer.

Based on the most recent forecasts, Guyer said the Sunport could break that all-time record in the coming days with the first freeze possibly being delayed into December. Guyer said that would be unprecedented but also unsurprising considering the temperature trend.

"We've continued to see the warming over the last 20-30 years, but the last 10 years is where we've seen the later freeze dates," he said.

While the recent heat is good for local gardens, Guyer said all this warmth could seriously impact mountain snowpack, which is where New Mexico gets a majority of its water.

"As we go later into the season with these warmer temperatures, we're going to see less snowfall in the midrange elevations," he said.


Eddie Garcia

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