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Storms end 3 weeks of hotter-than-normal weather

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Spring showers have arrived as three weeks of unusually warm weather comes to an end in Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque area broke 143 high-temperature records at 34 weather stations during 15 days this month, according to the National Weather Service. But Tuesday brought the second of three storm systems through the state, scattering rain showers and snowfall in the northern mountains Tuesday and today.

The same goes for Saturday and Sunday, when the third installment of a “wave train” pattern of storms rides into the state, according to NWS meteorologist Randall Hergert.

“The first three weeks of this month, we had very dry, very sunny, very above-normal temperatures across all of New Mexico, the metro area included,” Hergert said. “Those well-above-normal temperatures is not something we see, especially for that length of time.”

The weather service logged between a tenth of an inch and a quarter of an inch of rain around town by Tuesday evening, as well as pea-sized hail in some areas, and more moisture was likely on the way.

“We’re expecting at least a few more rounds this afternoon, tonight and going into tomorrow,” Hergert said Tuesday.

State climatologist Dave DuBois said the spring showers return the state to a more typical weather pattern, with Albuquerque getting some rain between snowstorms in the north and windstorms in the south.

“I think we are back to an active pattern, a nice typical spring storm,” he said. “In the northern mountains, we get snow, and in the southern Chihuahuan Desert we get dust and winds – a typical spring scenario.”


Rain falls on a North Valley acequia bringing a touch of the green of spring to New Mexico. (Dean Hanson / Journal)

Rain falls on a North Valley acequia bringing a touch of the green of spring to New Mexico. (Dean Hanson / Journal)

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