Albuquerque, New Mexico –
Many New Mexicans want to know when monsoon rains will arrive this year. It's been one of the driest years on record for the state. Rain will help to extinguish wildfires and relieve the drought, but the monsoon season also increases the risk of dangerous flooding. Todd Shoemake is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. He says this year's wildfire damage is a new concern. He says this year's monsoon rainfall should be average but it's hard to predict exactly how much rain we'll get in New Mexico. Scattered thunderstorms are expected as early as this weekend.