New Mexico rancher welcomes the sight of snow amid drought | KOB 4

New Mexico rancher welcomes the sight of snow amid drought

Ryan Laughlin
Updated: October 27, 2020 10:22 PM
Created: October 27, 2020 09:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Brad Christmas has a lifetime of ranching experience near Wagon Mound, New Mexico. 

“I was in Albuquerque yesterday when this hit. It was a life-changing experience watching it,” he said.


Recently, Christmas has been putting on some miles and said he’s seen some pretty reckless drivers these past few days. 

"You'd be going 20 miles per hour with four wheel drive  thinking, ‘This is really bad.’ Then somebody in a little car would fly by you doing 60, and sure enough, in about two or three blocks, they'd be piled up and wondering what happened,” he said.

Even though it’s added hours of drive time, Christmas said he’s glad it snowed as much as it did. 

"It really helps because it protects the soil. One of the big things it does is we've seen so many fires lately, and so it mitigates the fire danger,” he said.

The storm has significantly helped prevent the  Luna Fire from growing. At last check, the fire has burned just over 10,000 acres and is 25 percent contained. 

"It takes a foot of snow to make an inch of moisture,” Christmas said.

Drought conditions have been tough on ranchers like Christmas, which is why he said the sight of snow is welcome—even if it makes driving a little more difficult.

"But, we're tickled to see it. It's a great thing,” Christmas said. 


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