Finally rain but no more in sight anytime soon (updated)

Much needed rain pelted most of eastern new Mexico and West Texas late Monday in a gusty thunderstorm that was also blamed for igniting a series of grass fires near Muleshoe.

Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service was reporting 1.22 inches of rain fell in Clovis. Officials at Clovis Airport recorded .14 inches and Cannon Air Force Base measured .27 inches.

The weather service was still awaiting reports from its stations in Portales and Tucumcari.

Lightning from the storm was also blamed for a series of five small grass fires near Muleshoe.

The grass fires broke out around 9:30 p.m. (CDT). Muleshoe Fire Chief Tom Ladd said all fires were contained by 6 a.m. Tuesday with about 200 acres burned at each site.

He said there were no injuries and no structures damaged.

Forecasts for Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari for Tuesday included:

• Clovis: Mostly sunny and hot with high near 98 degrees with winds 15 to 20 mph.

• Tucumcari: Mostly sunny and hot with a high near 102 degrees with winds near 10 to 20 mph.

• Portales: Mostly sunny and hot with high near 99 degrees with winds around 15 mph.

According to National Weather Service officials, there is little chance of precipitation in eastern New Mexico Tuesday through at least the July 4 holiday.