Home is now a small rental house, in a golf course community on the sand hills west of Las Cruces and the Rio Grande. See the blue pin on the left side of the below photo.
This is the quiet and privacy I’ve missed the last few years. Though I’m limited on what I can do with the property – it’s not much – this is the most appealing neighborhood I’ve lived in. In the aerial my house is above the blue pin, and it was once white stucco.
Throughout, there are substantial islands of preserved and naturalized flora. And I’m just minutes to part of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. This being New Mexico, the road there isn’t maintained and requires high clearance 4WD…I have a Corolla.
Geography + Soils + Climate (average / annual stats)
Ecoregion – Chihuahuan Desert (Creosote Bush-Ocotillo, Mesa Sand Scrub associations)
Elevation – 4,035′ above sea level
Soils – gravelly sand, sandy loam
Sunset climate – 10[b]
Cold – 10-15F lowest = USDA zone 8a [arid], Sunset zone 10(b)
Heat – 105F highest = AHS zone 8
Growing season [>32F] – 230 days
Mean temperature – 62F
Precipitation – 7″ [.3″ of that liquid from 3″ snow]
ET rate [evapotranspiration] – 78″
Sunshine – 293 days (193 clear <30% cloud cover + 100 partly cloudy 30-70% cloud cover)
110F all-time high (1994)
107F average highest
62F average annual
12F average lowest
-12F all-time low (1962)
Precipitation * (arid – late Summer into early Fall is the “wet” or monsoon season, Fall through Winter and into early Summer is progressively drier) –
15″ wettest (1941)
7.3″ average annual
3″ average annual snowfall
3.8″ driest (1953)
The same containers I had at my El Paso apartment. For anything else, stay tuned.
– – – Bat
Cicadas (2 species)