Albuquerque rains above average for start of monsoon season


If you’re thinking this seems like it’s been an extra rainy monsoon this summer, you’re not imagining things. The city’s seen a lot more rain than usual. 

Thursday, the National Weather Service said Albuquerque is well above normal.

“Compared to last year just getting here into the first couple days of August, we’re running about a half inch above where we were last year so that’s good to hear,” said Todd Shoemake, National Weather Service meteorologist. 

This year, Albuquerque has seen roads turn into rivers and plenty of flooding. The remnants of a tropical storm in the Gulf at the end of June got the city off to a great start, and as we got into July it only got better.

Last month, Albuquerque saw more than two inches of rainfall. The norm for July is an inch and a half.

In 2017, Albuquerque didn’t see good rainfall until the end of September. This year is looking much better.

“The monsoons have been awesome you know, just lots of rain,” said Albuquerque resident Vince Rodriguez. “Incredible amounts of rain to cool down this summer heat.”

“It’s been pretty crazy, I think the weather is a little more active than it is usually,” said Albuquerque resident David Baty. “With the drought, I think it’s good for us.”

The measuring station at the Sunport shows a little more than three inches for the season, which starts in June and ends in September.

Normally, Albuquerque gets about four and a half inches in the rainy season. The National Weather Service said Rio Rancho saw over four inches of rain last month, and Santa Fe saw five to eight inches.

Of course, other parts of Albuquerque see a lot more rain than the Sunport does. The wettest monsoon on record was 2006 when the city saw more than nine inches rain.

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