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 October 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
Mon 01 81 59 31 05 0.04 0.189 85 63 80 58
Tue 02 69 57 36 06 0.05 0.193 70 66 69 62
Wed 03 71 54 62 24 0.07 0.006 72 65 75 62
Thu 04 78 53 77 38 0.00 0.192 79 65 86 61
Fri 05 74 42 58 30 0.04 0.218 78 58 82 46
Sat 06 69 42 32 09 0.00 0.248 73 57 71 48
Sun 07 72 48 104 56 0.00 0.038 64 55 66 48
Mon 08 59 41 96 52 0.01 0.270 65 55 60 43
Tue 09 58 35 56 34 0.01 0.124 63 53 59 43
Wed 10 58 38 90 51 0.00 0.058 64 53 63 43
Thu 11 63 42 76 42 0.01 0.262 63 52 61 44
Fri 12 57 43 28 12 0.16 0.020 58 53 57 46
Sat 13 59 37 15 06 0.00 0.024 50 47 68 46
Sun 14 64 45 49 22 0.03 0.117 67 51 70 51
Mon 15 59 25 142 86 0.00 0.315 64 45 65 36
Tue 16 50 27 41 13 0.00 0.016 63 44 56 36
Wed 17
Thu 18
Fri 19
Sat 20
Sun 21
Mon 22
Tue 23
Wed 24
Thu 25
Fri 26
Sat 27
Sun 28
Mon 29
Tue 30
Wed 31
October Precipitation Total and Evaporation Average
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.

NMSU ASC Farmington Daily Weather Data September 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
Sat 01 87 61 66 13 Trace 0.328 92 74 88 62
Sun 02 83 49 77 34 0.00 0.252 83 69 79 55
Mon 03 82 55 48 10 0.00 0.303 86 68 87 56
Tue 04 81 57 61 11 0.00 0.288 86 70 86 59
Wed 05 81 55 39 10 0.00 0.198 88 70 86 59
Thu 06 82 58 56 16 0.00 0.247 86 70 86 59
Fri 07 83 57 69 16 0.00 0.356 87 70 87 59
Sat 08 84 58 62 11 0.00 0.202 89 70 88 59
Sun 09 86 59 58 11 0.00 0.481 88 67 88 61
Mon 10 88 58 74 14 0.00 0.339 89 71 88 59
Tue 11 89 58 36 06 0.00 0.424 91 71 90 59
Wed 12 89 55 20 04 0.00 0.302 91 72 89 60
Thu 13 89 52 37 11 0.00 0.470 90 70 86 57
Fri 14 86 57 22 03 0.00 0.233 89 67 87 55
Sat 15 88 55 26 11 0.00 0.336 89 69 87 55
Sun 16 90 60 22 05 0.00 0.212 89 68 87 57
Mon 17 89 55 37 16 0.00 0.366 88 71 85 60
Tue 18 89 60 40 07 0.00 0.361 90 71 89 60
Wed 19 89 59 43 11 0.00 0.312 90 71 88 61
Thu 20 75 54 86 49 0.14 0.065 82 67 71 60
Fri 21 79 47 77 40 0.00 0.312 81 63 82 53
Sat 22 84 53 80 24 0.00 0.118 84 62 84 58
Sun 23 82 52 53 14 0.00 0.254 85 64 85 58
Mon 24 83 52 29 06 0.00 0.360 85 65 85 58
Tue 25 83 53 77 27 0.00 0.306 82 68 80 57
Wed 26 81 52 78 10 0.00 0.422 83 67 81 55
Thu 27 79 41 81 24 0.00 0.440 81 63 79 45
Fri 28 80 43 70 22 0.00 0.302 81 62 75 49
Sat 29 84 52 44 11 0.00 0.314 81 62 79 50
Sun 30 83 52 40 07 0.00 0.196 82 63 82 53
September Precipitation Total and Evaporation Average 0.14 0.303
Maximum (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.

Historical Weather Data 95 Degrees F or Above (1969-2018)

NMSU ASC Farmington Daily Weather Data 1969 Through 2018
Number of Days 95 Degrees F or Above
Number of Days 100 Degrees F or Above
Year
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Total
Jun
Jul
Total
1969 00 01 03 05 01 10 00 00 00
1970 00 05 13 05 00 23 00 00 00
1971 00 05 11 00 00 16 00 02 02
1972 00 00 13 04 00 17 00 01 01
1973 00 05 06 06 00 17 00 00 00
1974 00 17 01 00 00 18 00 00 00
1975 00 01 01 03 00 05 00 00 00
1976 00 03 11 00 00 14 00 01 01
1977 00 03 06 03 00 12 00 00 00
1978 00 01 02 00 00 03 00 00 00
1979 00 01 09 03 00 13 00 00 00
1980 00 06 11 05 00 22 00 00 00
1981 00 05 05 01 00 11 00 00 00
1982 00 00 04 01 00 05 00 00 00
1983 00 00 03 01 00 04 00 00 00
1984 00 00 03 00 00 03 00 00 00
1985 00 03 12 01 00 16 00 00 00
1986 00 00 02 02 00 04 00 00 00
1987 00 00 02 00 00 02 00 00 00
1988 00 05 07 00 00 12 00 00 00
1989 00 02 16 00 00 18 00 05 05
1990 00 08 03 00 00 11 02 01 03
1991 00 00 03 00 00 03 00 00 00
1992 00 00 02 01 00 03 00 00 00
1993 00 04 03 02 00 09 00 00 00
1994 00 06 11 05 00 22 01 00 01
1995 00 00 12 06 01 19 00 03 03
1996 00 00 06 04 00 10 00 00 00
1997 00 00 04 00 00 04 00 00 00
1998 00 03 16 01 00 20 00 02 02
1999 00 00 02 00 00 02 00 00 00
2000 01 00 05 07 00 13 00 00 00
2001 00 03 10 00 00 13 00 00 00
2002 01 14 13 05 00 33 00 01 01
2003 01 02 26 07 00 36 00 09 09
2004 00 03 06 02 00 11 00 00 00
2005 00 02 22 01 00 25 00 07 07
2006 00 11 11 00 00 22 00 01 01
2007 00 03 12 03 00 18 00 00 00
2008 00 00 00 03 00 03 00 00 00
2009 00 00 07 01 00 08 00 00 00
2010 00 01 06 00 00 07 00 00 00
2011 00 03 04 02 00 09 00 00 00
2012 00 05 02 01 00 08 00 00 00
2013 00 05 01 00 00 06 00 00 00
2014 00 00 08 00 00 08 00 00 00
2015 00 07 02 00 00 09 00 00 00
2016 00 11 06 00 00 17 01 00 01
2017 00 05 06 00 00 11 01 00 01
2018 00 06 10 05 00 21 00 00 00

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.

San Juan County Weather Photos

1 October 2018 nearly double rainbow taken from ASC Farmington Weather Station to northwest.
Rainbow over northwest New Mexico 1 October 2018

While northwest New Mexico remains in extreme drought condition, San Juan County is forecasted to receive rain the week of October 1, 2018. The photo is a ray of hope for more precipitation. On October 1, 2018, ASC Farmington recorded and reported to the National Weather Service 0.04" of precipitation. Photo credit M.M. West, NMSU Agricultural Research Scientist

Fog image of creek with water at Brookside Park Farmington, NM  NM
Brookside Park creek in fog, Farmington, NM. 3 October 2018
Representation of enough precipitation and cool temperature to produce fog at Brookside Park, Farmington, NM. The creek has been low for most of summer. On October 3, 2018, ASC Farmington recorded and reported to the National Weather Service 0.07" of precipitation. Photo credit M.M. West, NMSU Agricultural Research Scientist.
Rain over Sleeping Ute Range in the Four Corners Region.
Rain over the Sleeping Ute Range in the Four Corners Region. 9 October 2018

A chance of precipitation persists in San Juan County, NM. On October 9, 2018, ASC Farmington recorded and reported to the National Weather Service 0.01" of precipitation. Photo credit M.M. West, NMSU Agricultural Research Scientist.

Sun rays over NAPI center pivot County Road 4063, Navajo Indian Reservation San Juan County, NM 11 October 2018
Sun rays over pivot on County Road 4063 NAPI Region 2, Navajo Indian Reservation 11 October 2018

A chance of precipitation persists in San Juan County, NM. On October 11, 2018, ASC Farmington recorded and reported to the National Weather Service 0.01" of precipitation. Photo credit M.M. West, NMSU Agricultural Research Scientist.