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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Weather Paralysis

Backyard at the hacienda
Because the Chihuahuan is a high desert (most of it above 4,000 feet), it's not unusual to see a snowfall or two during the colder months.  But yesterday's snow storm packed a tremendous wallop, temporarily paralyzing the region.  The morning temperature in Las Cruces, New Mexico was 5 degrees Farenheit (-15 Celsius).  For much of the morning I-10 was closed out of Las Cruces all the way to the state lines of Arizona and Texas.  Nevertheless, the trusty companion and I had to get out on the trail.  14 degrees F. when we started.
The Organ Mountains outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico

Low-hanging clouds

Peak peeking out

The 9100-foot Organ Mountains

Snow-covered Yucca

Snow on a Soaptree Yucca

Torrey Yuccas in snow

Snow-covered Tortugas (Tortoise) Mountain

Desert dog?

A beautiful Chihuahuan Desert snow

Prickly Pear Cactus on ice


Bob said...

What did you get? 2 inches?

Wimp ;-)

Actually, the pictures are beautiful as usual Rob, and unusual to me. Although I'm used to snow up here in the great white north, it is a novelty for me to see cactii peeking out from the white cover.

Well done once again!

Dr. K said...

Beautiful photos, Packrat. Even more beautiful than usual.

Scott said...

The snow-covered yucca image is primo!

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