A pilot and a passenger were flying from Snyder, Texas, to Ruidoso, New Mexico, in a 182. At 8:21 a.m., the pilot called Roswell approach control. “I was just wondering if you’d watch me through your area,” he said. The controller requested his altitude (it was 8,500 feet), gave him the local altimeter setting and assigned him a transponder code. He then advised him of an area of precipitation, about 10 miles in diameter, 15 miles ahead of him.