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Storm hit Chaves, San Miguel, Quay hardest

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The storm that saturated parts of New Mexico earned its title of “historic.”

“To get this type of moisture is not very common,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Jason Frazier said.

Hardest hit were Chaves County, the eastern part of San Miguel County and the western portion of Quay County, according to Deirdre Kann, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, who said those areas got between 3 and 8 inches of rain.

At Sunport International Airport in Albuquerque, from Tuesday to Saturday of last week, a total of 2.01 inches fell, according to the Weather Service. A day-to-day breakdown:

On Tuesday, 0.85 of an inch; Wednesday, a trace amount; Thursday, 0.60 of an inch; Friday, 0.19 of an inch; Saturday, 0.37 of an inch.

Other parts of Albuquerque saw greater amounts than that, with nearly 2.25 inches falling in the northeast area near Montgomery and Moon and Indian School and Wyoming, between 10 p.m. Tuesday and noon Friday.

The rainfall this storm brought still leaves Albuquerque behind the normal amount of precipitation. From Jan. 1 through Sept. 14, a typical amount of rainfall is 6.79 inches, but for 2013, in that same time period, there have been 6.22 inches.

“It’s hard to believe, but we are still below normal,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Shoemake.

For the month of September, however, the amount of rain is higher than normal. Usually, the month of September sees 1.08 inches. But for September 2013, there have already been 2.22 inches of rain, Shoemake said.

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