Despite Recent Deluge Monsoon Likely To Be Average

Jul 8, 2013

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Despite last week's rainfall, officials at the National Weather Service are predicting an average monsoon season for 2013.

Central New Mexico saw a very active start to the monsoon season last week, with more than a half an inch of rain recorded at the Albuquerque Sunport and over an inch and a half in the Sandia foothills.

And while the first 7 days in July were the 19th wettest on record in Albuquerque that doesn't mean the rest of monsoon season will follow suit. Diedre Kahn, meteorologist with National Weather Service, said the available weather models remain unclear, adding that precipitation during warm season months is often difficult to predict. " The bottom line is they really don't have a clear signal either way and right now we have no reason to believe that it would be much different than an average monsoon."

Kahn says last week's weather system was the result of a nontraditional monsoon onset pattern, delivering some much needed moisture to the area.