March 17, 2014 -

Spring officially arrives March 20th. It is hard to believe we are already in a new season. For many folks, this is their favorite time of the year, minus our wind, blowing dust & sand.

We now know the forecast for this Spring, courtesy of NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration). The computer models are indicating that in El Paso and all of southern New Mexico rainfall amounts will be below normal for this time of year while temperatures are anticipated to run a little hotter than normal.

What about the sunshine forecast for the Spring or even upcoming year? I had one person ask me that question jokingly, but I though it was an interesting question, albeit unusual. Did you realize that this area is one of the sunniest across the country? In fact, El Paso is the 6th sunniest city in the United States! The average annual amount of sunshine here is 84%! That’s a lot. Below you will find the top 30 sunniest cities courtesy of City-Data.com.

CITY, STATE ANNUAL % AVG POSSIBLE SUNSHINE
1. YUMA, AZ 90%
2. REDDING, CA 88%
3. LAS VEGAS, NV 85%
4. PHOENIX, AZ 85%
5. TUCSON, AZ 85%
6. EL PASO, TX 84%
7. FRESNO, CA 79%
8. RENO, NV 79%
9. FLAGSTAFF, AZ 78%
10. SACRAMENTO, CA 78%
11. ALBUQUERQUE, NM 76%
12. KEY WEST, FL 76%
13. PUEBLO, CO 76%
14. MIDLAND-ODESSA, TX 74%
15. ROSWELL, NM 74%
16. AMARILLO, TX 73%
17. ELY, NV 73%
18. LOS ANGELES C.O., CA 73%
19. LAKE CHARLES, LA 72%
20. LUBBOCK, TX 72%
21. NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR 72%
22. GRAND JUNCTION, CO 71%
23. HONOLULU, HI 71%
24. JOHNSTON ISLAND, PC 71%
25. ABILENE, TX 70%
26. DODGE CITY, KS 70%
27. MIAMI, FL 70%
28. MILFORD, UT 70%
29.WAKE ISLAND, PC 70%
30. DENVER, CO 69%