Mon July 11, 2011
Weekend Rains Kicked Off Monsoon Season in Albuquerque
By Brianna Montoya-Harris
Albuquerque, New Mexico –
The long awaited monsoon season has arrived in New Mexico and it's bringing the first significant moisture we've seen since last October. Some parts of Santa Fe got almost half an inch of rain over the weekend according to The National Weather Service while the Albuquerque metro area got about a tenth of an inch. Kerry Jones is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He says the monsoon pattern of storms coming in fast, dropping lots of rain, and then passing by for a few days is what we'll see over the next week or so. But Kerry says the monsoon is a large-scale pattern and that it's not defined by a single storm or even a single day. The monsoon typically starts in Albuquerque in mid July, but can come as early as late June. Flash flood warnings have been issued for today for areas that are near the burn scars of recent wildfires.