With 4" of new snow further west and south, plus over a foot around Roswell and Carlsbad, skies are crystal clear region-wide.
The air smells invigorating, cold. Odd to see this much snow, the whitest Christmas I've seen here in 20 years!
Sunset towards the Magdalena Mtns (L - 80 miles away) and the Sierra Ladrones (R - 55 miles away). Christmas Eve 2011:
Lows are in the mid-teens, and highs are in the high-30's. Sunny days, starry nights. Plants are OK, but once it goes below 10F, look out. I think they are all going to be fine, especially with forecast warming to seasonal averages by this weekend. December is the coldest month in Abq, so it just goes up from here, especially after mid-January.
I can't wait to finish fixing my landscape plantings and lighting. And to hike and bike in shorts and shirt sleeves (long ones, that is).
A nice blanket that will melt and slowly seep into the now-wet, gritty, granite soils for the plants. I still can't describe that scent.
Glad I didn't try this on my mountain bike. A few inches of cement-like snow and slush, mud, or mushy granite.