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.

2017 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 November 2017
Day Date
Air Temp
Wind Speed
Precipitation
Evaporation
Soil Temp
Water Temp
Max
Min
2.0m
0.15m
Inches
Inches
Max
Min
Max
Min
Wed 01 65 38 26 28 0.00 N/A 61 48 N/A N/A
Thu 02 66 37 46 22 0.00 N/A 60 47 N/A N/A
Fri 03 65 35 12 3 0.00 NA 62 47 N/A N/A
Sat 04 67 38 41 37 0.00 N/A 61 47 N/A N/A
Sun 05 66 37 58 26 0.00 N/A 79 46 N/A N/A
Mon 06 62 36 18 10 0.00 N/A 60 47 N/A N/A
Tue 07 65 45 29 22 0.00 N/A 62 48 N/A N/A
Wed 08 63 27 29 22 0.08 N/A 60 42 N/A N/A
Thu 09 50 29 24 12 0.00 N/A 54 40 N/A N/A
Fri 10 62 35 36 12 0.00 N/A 54 39 N/A N/A
Sat 11 68 35 27 6 0.00 N/A 57 41 N/A N/A
Sun 12 62 36 49 18 0.00 N/A 57 43 N/A N/A
Mon 13 65 40 48 15 0.00 N/A 56 42 N/A N/A
Tue 14 68 40 29 4 0.00 N/A 59 47 N/A N/A
Wed 15 67 35 42 22 0.00 N/A 57 44 N/A N/A
Thu 16 63 37 41 44 0.00 N/A 54 43 N/A N/A
Fri 17 64 41 21 64 0.00 N/A 56 43 N/A N/A
Sat 18 60 25 126 80 0.03 N/A 51 40 N/A N/A
Sun 19 48 15 23 14 0.00 N/A 59 34 N/A N/A
Mon 20 49 18 10 31 0.00 N/A 46 35 N/A N/A
Tue 21 49 25 11 39 0.00 N/A 44 34 N/A N/A
Wed 22 61 27 75 37 0.00 N/A 47 36 N/A N/A
Thu 23 NA
Fri 24 NA
Sat 25 NA
Sun 26 NA
Mon 27 NA
Tue 28 NA
Wed 29 NA
Thu 30 NA
November 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.

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.