2011 Albuquerque Monsoon

Overall, less precipitation fell across the Albuquerque Metro Area this season than it did last year, though some areas in the north valley and near the Albuquerque Sunport did better. The six maps below show the spatial distibution of monsoonal precipitation across Albuquerque since 2007.  Precipitation totals encompass the dates of June 15th through September 30th.  These maps could only be possible thanks to the dedicated members of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network which help fill in the gaps across Albuquerque.  However, there are still many areas in southwest Albuquerque that are not represented well due to a lack of observations.  If you want to be a CoCoRaHS observer, visit the webpage above!

 
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Spatial Distribution of Monsoonal Precipitation across Albuquerque in 2012  Legend                               
2012  
 
Spatial Distribution of Monsoonal Precipitation across Albuquerque in 2011 Spatial Distribution of Monsoonal Precipitation across Albuquerque in 2010
2011 2010
   
Spatial Distribution of Monsoonal Precipitation across Albuquerque in 2009 Spatial Distribution of Monsoonal Precipitation across Albuquerque in 2008
2009 2008
 
Spatial Distribution of Monsoonal Precipitation across Albuquerque in 2007                                         
Legend                         
2007
 
   

The Albuquerque Sunport had nearly twice as much precipitation in 2012 than it did in 2011.  3.36 inches of rain fell between June 15th and September 30th at the Sunport compared to last years total of 1.72 inches.

The biggest one day rain total at the Sunport was 0.63 inches on August 18th.  Not far behind was August 16th when was 0.52 inches of rain fell. Approximately 71 percent of the total rainfall in August and 34 percent of the seasonal total fell on these two days. During the rest of the season, Albuquerque often "nickel and dimed" precipitation, generally measuring between a few hundredths to two tenths each event.

Though the Sunport did not record any rainfall amounts over one inch during any 24-hour period, other parts of town did. The NWS Center Weather Service Unit, near Paseo and Louisiana, recorded a whopping 2.02 inches of rain on July 24th. This resulted in some minor flooding.  Water was curb-high and man-hole covers were reported to be floating.  The storm that produced this heavy rain accounts for the seasonal total around the north valley to be higher than the seasonal precipitation total in 2011.

The Albuquerque Foothills in 2011 received just over 7 inches of precipitation for the period, which is near normal for the location.  This year, the foothills only recorded 2.51 inches of precipitation, or approximately 35 percent of normal. The Albuquerque Valley even received more rainfall, at just over 4 inches.  The Albuquerque Valley received approximately 1.5 inches more precipitation this year than in 2011.

 
 

Many people thought the precipitation would never end in 2006.   Using the same scale as the above images, this is the distribution of precipitation across Albuquerque between July 1 and September 15th, 2006 - a full 30 days less than what is shown above.  Including the extra 30 days, it is likely that 1 to 2 inches of additional precipitation fell across the metro area. Precipitation values in 2006 were 3 to 6 times greater than what they were this year.

 

Over 13 inches of precipitation fell in just 2.5 months in the areas shaded in the darkest blue!

Spatial Distribution of Monsoonal Precipitation across Albuquerque in 2006 
 

Despite a wetter season at the Albuquerque Sunport, rainfall totals were still below normal. Normal precipitation for the Albuquerque Sunport between June 15th and September 30th is 4.61 inches.  Therefore, the Sunport was 1.25 inches below normal in 2012.

 
If you missed how July 2012 compared to July 2011, you can check it out here.
If you missed how August 2012 compared to August 2011, you can check it out here
 

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