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 December 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 44 29 96 19 0.00 N/A 42 36 N/A N/A
Sun 02 42 25 16 01 0.13 N/A 41 32 N/A N/A
Mon 03 36 11 54 12 0.02 N/A 36 32 N/A N/A
Tue 04 34 09 26 01 0.00 N/A 35 25 N/A N/A
Wed 05 29 16 49 07 0.00 N/A 33 23 N/A N/A
Thu 06 42 22 38 05 0.00 N/A 34 24 N/A N/A
Fri 07 37 30 14 01 0.09 N/A 34 31 N/A N/A
Sat 08 43 29 47 13 0.00 N/A 42 33 N/A N/A
Sun 09 41 25 33 11 0.00 N/A 42 34 N/A N/A
Mon 10 35 25 43 11 0.00 N/A 37 31 N/A N/A
Tue 11 38 27 42 00 0.00 N/A 34 31 N/A N/A
Wed 12 47 26 53 07 0.00 N/A 40 32 N/A N/A
Thu 13 48 22 243 142 Trace N/A 38 30 N/A N/A
Fri 14 39 15 129 57 0.00 N/A 34 26 N/A N/A
Sat 15 39 23 28 0 0.00 N/A 32 24 N/A N/A
Sun 16 47 21 36 0 0.00 N/A 37 30 N/A N/A
Mon 17 52 28 39 0 0.00 N/A 39 29 N/A N/A
Tue 18 N/A N/A N/A
Wed 19 N/A N/A N/A
Thu 20 N/A N/A N/A
Fri 21 N/A N/A N/A
Sat 22 N/A N/A N/A
Sun 23 N/A N/A N/A
Mon 24 N/A N/A N/A
Tue 25 N/A N/A N/A
Wed 26 N/A N/A N/A
Thu 27 N/A N/A N/A
Fri 28 N/A N/A N/A
Sat 29 N/A N/A N/A
Sun 30 N/A N/A N/A
Mon 31 N/A N/A N/A
December 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.

NMSU ASC Farmington Daily Weather Data November 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 52 33 115 15 0.00 N/A 57 43 N/A N/A
Fri 02 56 30 136 69 0.00 N/A 55 42 N/A N/A
Sat 03 60 33 81 24 0.00 N/A 57 42 N/A N/A
Sun 04 57 28 121 63 0.00 N/A 56 40 N/A N/A
Mon 05 54 35 35 02 0.00 N/A 54 41 N/A N/A
Tue 06 58 28 75 20 0.00 N/A 56 41 N/A N/A
Wed 07 60 24 43 02 0.00 N/A 57 40 N/A N/A
Thu 08 56 25 21 01 0.00 N/A 54 39 N/A N/A
Fri 09 49 16 131 42 0.00 N/A 49 34 N/A N/A
Sat 10 48 22 30 07 0.00 N/A 49 33 N/A N/A
Sun 11 55 23 39 01 0.00 N/A 50 34 N/A N/A
Mon 12 48 20 199 91 0.02 N/A 47 36 N/A N/A
Tue 13 36 12 41 11 0.00 N/A 41 29 N/A N/A
Wed 14 40 18 22 09 0.00 N/A 43 23 N/A N/A
Thu 15 46 20 19 05 0.00 N/A 45 29 N/A N/A
Fri 16 48 26 46 02 0.00 N/A 46 31 N/A N/A
Sat 17 54 29 51 02 0.00 N/A 48 33 N/A N/A
Sun 18 60 25 58 14 0.00 N/A 49 32 N/A N/A
Mon 19 51 14 58 14 0.00 N/A 49 32 N/A N/A
Tue 20 45 23 51 05 0.00 N/A 45 32 N/A N/A
Wed 21 49 19 39 04 0.00 N/A 44 31 N/A N/A
Thu 22 51 27 44 30 0.00 N/A 35 6 N/A N/A
Fri 23 50 25 35 11 0.02 N/A 40 33 N/A N/A
Sat 24 50 29 46 05 0.00 N/A 44 33 N/A N/A
Sun 25 56 13 106 47 0.00 N/A 42 31 N/A N/A
Mon 26 41 18 55 24 0.00 N/A 47 31 N/A N/A
Tue 27 41 17 32 06 0.00 N/A 41 30 N/A N/A
Wed 28 47 24 23 01 0.00 N/A 42 28 N/A N/A
Thu 29 57 30 20 01 0.00 N/A 45 33 N/A N/A
Fri 30 56 34 104 16 0.02 N/A 45 36 N/A N/A
November Precipitation Total 0.06
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.

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.

Bisti Hwy sunrise 23 October 2018
Bisti Hwy sunrise 23 October 2018

Regional forecast for more precipitation. ASC Farmington received 0.01 inches of rain recorded at 8:00 a.m. October 23, 2018.