ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — No, it was not an illusion or wishful thinking. The streets and sidewalks throughout the Albuquerque area really were wet from rain.
A storm that worked its way eastward through the state arrived in Albuquerque on Wednesday night and stuck around until early Thursday afternoon, leaving behind 0.44 inch of rain as measured at the Albuquerque International Sunport.
It was the most precipitation we’ve had since the beginning of 2018, said Roger Smith, a meteorologist at the Albuquerque office of the National Weather Service. Total rainfall since the beginning of the year is just 0.47 inch.
That previous 0.03 inch, also recorded at the airport, broke a city dry spell that had stretched to 96 days without measurable precipitation, the fifth-longest such period since 1891. The longest such period is 109 days, in 1902.