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Albuquerque area sees rain and hail


Cars drive through puddles during a thunderstorm on Academy near Osuna on Sunday. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Rain and hailstorms brought much-needed moisture to the Albuquerque metro area Sunday, though the storms were not enough to curb the state’s extreme drought status, according to the National Weather Service.

“We’re still in extreme drought,” meteorologist Roger Smith said Sunday evening. “It’ll take quite a few more events like that to pull us out of that category.”

Smith said the Sunport saw just over half an inch of rain accompanied by up to dime-sized hail. And residents saw about a quarter of an inch of rain close to Tramway and Paseo with no reports of hail.

Pingpong-size hail fell just south of Belen, and half-inch hail fell just northwest of Rio Rancho.

“It was greatly needed,” Smith said. “We’ve had very little rainfall this year and even extending back to the fall of last year, so anything we can get is certainly a positive thing.”

The remainder of the week looks dry and temperatures gradually will return to the mid-90s, he said.

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