Daily Weather

NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Farmington, New Mexico has collected weather data since 1969. The weather station was designated an official National Weather Station climatological observation site in 1978.

Weather observations are collected daily at 8:00 a.m. and electronically reported to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The data reported to NOAA are over a 24 hour period from 8:00 a.m. previous day to 8:00 a.m. present day.

The air temperature readings are derived from thermometers mounted at the weather station. Soil temperature readings are derived from a maximum/minimum thermometer via sensor probe buried 4 inches deep into bare ground.

Precipitation data are collected in a standard eight-inch rain gauge. Evaporation measurements are collected from a Class-A metal pan.

Wind movement is recorded in miles per day. The data are collected from two separate three-cup anemometers, at different heights. The high wind movement is collected from 2 meters above the soil surface while the low wind movement is collected from an anemometer position 18 inches above the base of the evaporation pan.

2018 Daily Weather Data

Weather data recorded at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center - Farmington is displayed in html format. Requests for the current monthly weather data report or yearly archived reports in PDF format may be requested via email from Margaret West.

NMSU ASC Farmington Daily Weather Data February 2018
Day Date
Air Temp
Wind Speed
Precipitation
Evaporation
Soil Temp
Water Temp
Max
Min
2.0m
0.15m
Inches
Inches
Max
Min
Max
Min
Thu 01 59 31 44 13 0.00 N/A 46 33 N/A N/A
Fri 02 61 32 80 40 0.00 N/A 47 34 N/A N/A
Sat 03 60 29 63 37 0.00 N/A 50 37 N/A N/A
Sun 04 57 29 110 67 0.00 N/A 45 36 N/A N/A
Mon 05 59 27 76 43 0.00 N/A 48 34 N/A N/A
Tue 06 60 35 59 26 0.02 N/A 49 34 N/A N/A
Wed 07 51 18 91 58 0.00 N/A 43 35 N/A N/A
Thu 08 51 26 35 24 0.00 N/A 46 34 N/A N/A
Fri 09 55 28 45 24 0.00 N/A 46 33 N/A N/A
Sat 10 62 31 31 11 0.00 N/A 49 34 N/A N/A
Sun 11 59 16 159 65 0.01 N/A 42 33 N/A N/A
Mon 12 42 24 73 22 0.00 N/A 44 31 N/A N/A
Tue 13 52 35 87 54 0.00 N/A 40 36 N/A N/A
Wed 14 56 35 36 12 0.00 N/A 48 38 N/A N/A
Thu 15 53 36 81 30 Trace N/A 44 39 N/A N/A
Fri 16 52 20 75 36 0.00 N/A 48 37 N/A N/A
Sat 17 46 17 8 2 0.00 N/A 46 33 N/A N/A
Sun 18 53 31 48 7 0.00 N/A 49 33 N/A N/A
Mon 19 58 33 104 53 0.00 N/A 49 37 N/A N/A
Tue 20 54 11 140 78 0.06 N/A 50 35 N/A N/A
Wed 21 35 17 85 17 0.00 N/A 41 31 N/A N/A
Thur 22 44 21 58 15 Trace N/A 41 31 N/A N/A
Fri 23 43 19 91 23 0.00 N/A 44 33 N/A N/A
Sat 24 N/A N/A N/A
Sun 25 N/A N/A N/A
Mon 26 N/A N/A N/A
Tue 27 N/A N/A N/A
Wed 28 N/A N/A N/A
February Precipitation Total
Maximumn (2.0 meter) and Minimum (0.15 meter) wind speed is recorded in miles per day.
The data is reported to the National Weather Service over a 24 hour period from 8:00 a.m. previous day to 8:00 a.m. present day.

Climatology

Plant growth and crop production are intrinsically linked to climate and daily weather conditions. Climate determines the types of plants that can be grown in a particular area and the management techniques required for successful landscapes and agricultural sustainability. Weather affects crop water requirements, timing of planting, cultivation, fertilization and harvest, crop tolerance to disease and pests, total crop yield and product quality. Agricultural and landscape planning begins with a thorough understanding of a locale's climate. To help provide this understanding for the Four Corners region, daily weather observations have been made since 1969 at the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Agricultural Science Center (ASC) at Farmington.

The ASC is located in northwestern New Mexico (36 degrees 4' N Lat., 108 degrees 2' W Long.) about seven miles southwest of Farmington at an elevation of 5,640 feet above mean sea level. Two weather-data recording stations are located at the ASC. Station 1 (WS-1) was established at the center in January 1969 and was given an official designation by the National Weather Service (NWS) in 1978. Station 2 (WS-2) was installed approximately 400 yards south of WS-1 in 1985. This is an automated, computer-linked station that is operated and maintained by the New Mexico Climate Center (NMCC) at NMSU in Las Cruces. The NMSU's Agricultural Science Center - Farmington Bulletin 806 summarizes the weather observations from both of these stations between 1969 and 2011.

The Forty-Three Years (1969 - 2011) of Climatological Data report in PDF format may be requested via email from Margaret West.