Rainfall totals for July inching toward record

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Bursts of rain fell across the state Tuesday, leaving some major precipitation totals, as well as the potential for more storms today and into this week.

With Tuesday’s rainfall totals, it’s become one of the wettest Julys on record, according to meteorologist Andrew Church of the National Weather Service’s Albuquerque office.

“Depending on how much we get here, we could be moving up the ladder toward the wettest July,” Church said.

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Many parts of the state were hit with significant rainfall Monday night and into the morning, including Newkirk east of Santa Rosa, which received 7.05 inches. Santa Rosa got 3 inches, according to the weather service. The Roswell airport saw 2.23 inches fall.

“There was a lot of good rainfall,” said meteorological technician Troy Marshall.

In Albuquerque, parts of the city saw at least an inch of rain by Tuesday evening: 1.03 inches was reported at Coal and Montclaire SE, 1.26 inches was reported at Rio Bravo and Isleta SW and 0.94 inch was reported at Gibson and San Pedro SE.

At the Albuquerque airport, 1.06 inches had fallen Tuesday as of about 11 p.m.

Albuquerque hadn’t seen any new rain Wednesday as of 7 p.m. Clayton was hit with .57 inches early Wednesday morning, and Las Vegas saw .61 total inches throughout the day.

Placitas saw pea-sized hail and heavy rain, while a funnel cloud was reported near Albuquerque on Tuesday.

Albuquerque could see some rain Wednesday evening, Church said. The western part of the state won’t see as much precipitation, he said. But the western part of the state could get hit hard Thursday, according to meteorologist Jason Frazier.

“We’re just going to cross our fingers and hope the city sees another night’s good rain without any flooding issues,” Frazier said.

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The rain comes as New Mexico suffers through its fourth year of drought. Church said after recent rainfall, most parts of the state that were at extreme drought levels will be lowered to “severe” drought levels.

“It’s been making a lot of improvements,” Church said.


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