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This year was the wettest for Albuquerque and New Mexico in a decade – plenty wet enough to chase short-term drought out of the state for the first time in five years and sprinkle some hope in thirsty hearts as we float into 2016.
“We are certainly starting off the (new) year in the best condition in quite a while,” said Chuck Jones, a meteorologist with the Albuquerque office of the National Weather Service. “And we are pretty confident that precipitation will continue to average above normal through the winter into the spring.”
Albuquerque is ending 2015 with 11.49 inches of precipitation, the city’s wettest year since 2006. This year’s total is more than 2 inches above the city’s average annual precipitation of 9.45, but is only the 16th-wettest year on record for Albuquerque. The city’s record annual rainfall is 15.88 inches, in the deluge year of 1941.