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Dry streak ties Duke City record

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque has tied a 91-year-old record for the longest streak in the winter months with no precipitation, and there’s a chance that record could be broken if the city sees no rain before midnight Saturday night.

Through Friday, it’s been 41 days since any precipitation – including trace amounts – has been detected at the Albuquerque International Sunport, which hasn’t happened during winter months since the winter of 1927-1928, according to National Weather Service forecaster Clay Anderson.

Anderson said storm systems coming from the West Coast toward New Mexico were thwarted by a “blocking ridge,” a stationary weather pattern. The lack of precipitation could cause early start times for wildfires and exacerbate an already diminished snow pack.

“Snow really goes a long way in terms of water supply … so we’re definitely hurting,” Anderson said.

Albuquerque could see some precipitation Monday night, but Anderson there’s a higher chance that a storm system could bring relief Thursday or Friday.