- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Data from the National Weather Service shows Albuquerque may be facing its third-driest year ever.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2aj6OSG) that the Albuquerque’s rainfall total for the year was only 1.61 inches as of Thursday. The average for this point in the year is 4.47 inches.

The New Mexico Drought Monitoring Workgroup also released data Thursday showing that more than 21 percent of the state is in moderate drought and nearly all of it is abnormally dry.

Royce Fontenot, a senior hydrologist for NWS in Albuquerque, says there been a trend toward dryness but notes that the region is only a third of the way through its monsoon season.

Albuquerque gets most of its moisture through the monsoon season, which ends Sept. 30.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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