ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The year still has a few months left, but New Mexico's crazy weather already has the Weather Channel recognizing the state as having the most extreme weather of 2013.
The "honor" comes from a combination of drought, hail, torrential rains and heavy winds over the span of just a few months.
For winter through spring, the drought situation looked dire, with much of New Mexico classified as in exceptional drought on the U.S. Drought Monitor, the top classification.
But then in July, things started getting crazy. A massive storm hit Santa Rosa on July 3, leaving up to two feet of hail in some places.
It cost the city $2.3 million to pick up the pieces, although Albuquerque Chief Administrative Officer Rob Perry says much of that could be reimbursed by insurance or from disaster relief funds.
August was a relatively quiet month but then things really picked up in September.
"We had the monsoon flow set up but it was much more intense than what we usually get," said News 13 chief meteorologist Mark Ronchetti. "The draw from the south was huge, plus decaying weather systems from the tropics really helped to crank up all the moisture, crank up all the rain numbers."
That led to constant, heavy rain that saturated the ground and led to flooding statewide.
"As of last week, it's been statewide everywhere this storm has hit," said Estevan Lujan, a spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security. "It's been in almost every county with the flooding and the heavy rains."
All of that rain put a big dent in the drought. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map showed a big improvement, but much of New Mexico is still in some form of drought.
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