HOT! Reports on Weather, Wildfires, and Water

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APTOPIX West Heat Wave

Albuquerque reached 105 degrees on Thursday, Santa Fe 100, which are record heat for both cities. A bit cooler weather is on the way, mid-80’s by Monday for the Albuquerque area with a chance of rain starting Sunday. The Albuquerque and Santa Fe area had strong winds yesterday that caused  a power outage in downtown Santa Fe, leaving almost 11,000 customers without power. It RAINED in Santa Fe last night for about an hour! PRAISE GOD! Power has been restored to most . A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas over the weekend settled across the West on Friday, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that pets will get burned on the scalding pavement.

 

The heat was so punishing that rangers took up positions at trailheads at Lake Mead in Nevada to persuade people not to hike. Zookeepers in Phoenix hosed down the elephants and fed tigers frozen fish snacks. And tourists at California’s Death Valley took photos of the harsh landscape and a thermometer that read 121.

 

The mercury there was expected to reach nearly 130 through the weekend – just short of the 134-degree reading from a century ago that stands as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

Magdalena, New Mexico where my partner Pastor Paul Holt lives received a bit of rain last night! PRAISE GOD!
The water is running again in Magdalena, the central New Mexico town where the well ran dry in early June, but the crisis isn’t over.

Yes, water spurts from the faucets in the village of about 1,000 people – but there’s not much of it and the future is pretty iffy.  The sign on the village hall front door says “This is still a crisis” and they got that right.

“We have some water in our lines,” said village mayor Sandy Julian. “People are thinking that we’re dry completely. We’re not. We have some water. We don’t have as much as we used to. We’re only pumping 50,000 gallons a day.”

That’s about one quarter of what they used to pump in Magdalena. The well that dried up now has some water trickling back into it and the little cow town is open for business again.

There are still porta-potties all over town.

Rehab work on an old village well is expected to start next week, then engineers plan to re-drill the well that’s providing a trickle now.

Get New Mexico Wildfire updates by clicking here: https://nmfireinfo.com/

For updates on the West Fork Fire https://www.pagosadailypost.com/ They are updating the information twice daily, in the morning and afternoon.

Let us continue to pray for rain, parts of Albuquerque received a shower last night and in Santa Fe an hour long shower! PRAISE GOD! Let us also pray for the firefighters!!!