A historic rain event for the Guadalupe Mountains from September 9th-13th, 2013. 15.76 inches of rain was recorded during this period at the Pine Springs, GUMO mesonet station near the National Park Visitor Center. 13.62 inches of rain fell on September 11th-12th (most of this in a 12-hour period during the early morning hours of the 12th). Flash flooding occurred in the Dark Canyon, Rocky Arroyo and Black River basins on the 12th with many localized areas of high water along the arroyo's on the north side of the Guadalupe Mountains. An impressive fourteen-foot rise of water on the Dark Canyon when it reached Carlsbad, New Mexico creating some damage in the city to low-lying areas...along with some welcome water in the Pecos River Basin down to Red Bluff Reservoir.


Left: The day after the flood on one of the tributaries of the Delaware River to the northeast of McKittrick Canyon. Center: Turning green at GUMO...looking north from Highway 54 south of the park. Right: Headed up the Pass...nice to see water again in this part of Texas.

RAP/UCAR water vapor loop from 18Z September 11th through 18Z September 12th, 2013. Wave after wave of storms embedded in the monsoon flow over the Delaware, Guadalupe and southern Sacramento Mountains. Deep upslope flow into the moutains and upper-level divergence with the upper-low over Nevada sustaining the storms inside the monsoon plume.

Images after the flood on Dark Canyon in Carlsbad, New Mexico...the day after the flood. 14-ft rise damaged a new bridge/low-water crossing under construction in town. Click on thumbnail for larger image.


USGS stream gauge information for Dark Canyon and the Pecos River gauges in Carlsbad during the flood event...USGS plot for Red Bluff Reservoir at the bottom.


National Park Service video of the McKittrick Canyon Flash Flood: CLICK HERE!