The eastern New Mexico town of Santa Rosa will begin the holiday weekend with a white Independence Day. According to this report from ABQjournal.com, nearly 2 feet of hail fell in parts of the city about 60 miles west of Tucumcari on Interstate 40, some of which was golf ball size and did some damage to roofs, skylights and the like. Photos submitted to AGN Media also show that the hail backed up I-40 for a decent distance.
More from ABQjournal.com: “A National Weather Service meteorologist, who had just spoken with the Guadalupe County emergency manager, said he received no reports of injuries. … Storms of that type are common in the New Mexico eastern plains, meteorologist Clay Anderson said, and they often can dump a lot of big hail in uninhabited areas” After the massive hailstorm that caused significant damage in Amarillo, there were collections of hail that looked like snow. But 2 feet? That’s impressive, and looks more like Amarillo did after the historic blizzard in February. Here’s a collection of photos from Wednesday’s weather in Santa Rosa. If you come across any more photos of this, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share them for our readers.