Snow Photos: Organ Mountains and Las Cruces, NM

Snow in Las Cruces. Photo by Patti Benzie, Secretary, Accounting and Information Systems Department, Feb. 3, 2010.

Snow in Las Cruces. Photo by Patti Benzie, Secretary, Accounting and Information Systems Department, Feb. 3, 2010. Click the photo to see Dec. 2009 snow pictures.

Thorny issues and the Organ Mountains, Jan. 24, 2010. Photo by Ed Scribner, Department Head, Accounting and Information Systems. Click the photo to see more snow pictures from Dec. 2009.

Thorny issues and the Organ Mountains, Jan. 24, 2010. Photo by Ed Scribner, Department Head, Accounting and Information Systems. Click the photo to see more snow pictures from Dec. 2009.

The Traders Plaza in Snow, Dec. 4, 2009.(Photo by Ryan Adams)

The Traders Plaza in Snow, Dec. 4, 2009.(Photo by Ryan Adams)

Thank you everyone for sending your photos!

Click on the first two pictures to see more photos from Dec. 2009.

The Traders Statue photo will take you to The Traders Statue page where you can read about its history, symbolism and construction.


Check out what the Las Cruces Sun-News says about the 2009-2010 winter season….

February 4, 2010. Retrieved online: February 4, 2010 from Steve Ramirez, Las Cruces Sun-News

Las Crucens getting used to winter weather

LAS CRUCES – Perla Morales, a retired school cafeteria worker, wrapped herself in a scarf Wednesday to cover her mouth from the winter chill.

Morales’ full-length coat was completely buttoned and she wore a wool cap that matched the color of her coat.

“This is too much,” sighed Morales, as she dropped her head to protect her from the afternoon wind that had picked up. “Every week this winter it’s seemed like one storm after another. Rain or snow with the wind; it takes a lot out of me. Sometimes I don’t even want to go out.”

Since the start of December, Las Crucens have had to brace for inclement weather on a weekly basis. In most years city residents would be lucky to see snowfall once during the winter. This year they’ve seen it three times in the past two months and as recently as a week ago.

Many residents agree this has been a winter of heavy coats or jackets, and gloves, mittens, scarves and wool caps to keep warm.

“I thought the purpose of pockets on a jacket were to put your hands in,” scoffed Doug Martin, a retired mechanic who got used to working in heat of summer and cold of winter for more than 35 years. “Now, I can’t keep anything in them because my gloves take up all the room. I guess I could go without the gloves but I’ve gotten used to wearing them since I retired five years ago. Now, I feel the cold without them, so I think I’ll just keep them.”

The winter weather – hard by Las Cruces’ standards – is compounded by the realization that the past three winters have been rather mild.

“To find a winter like this you’d probably have to go back to 1997,” said Dave Novlan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, in Santa Teresa. “This is a pretty typical weather pattern for an El Niño phenomenon.”

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