|2013 Water Year Precipitation||2012 Calendar Year Precipitation|
October 2012 - December 2012
January - December 2012
Calendar Year 2012 Precipitation
Precipitation across New Mexico during December 2012 ranged from well below normal in the southeast plains to above normal in the north central mountains and the far northwest.
Locations with significant December 2012 precipitation included: Chama with 2.36 inches, Eagle Nest with 2.14 inches, both Cloudcroft and Dulce with 1.78 inches, Reserve with 1.37 inches, and Aztec Ruins National Monument with 1.23 inches.
Calendar year 2012 was the warmest year on record and the second driest; only 1956 was drier in New Mexico. Statewide precipitation was only 60 percent of normal during 2012.
The Northeastern Plains and Southern Desert climate divisions were the driest areas during 2012 at 51 percent of normal precipitation, while the Southwestern Mountains climate division was the least dry at 66 percent of normal precipitation.
The past two calendar years (2011 and 2012) have been the driest and warmest two-year period on record for New Mexico. Weather records go back to 1895.
Statewide precipitation averages for calendar years since 2001 are as follows:
Water Year 2012 Precipitation
The first three months of water year 2013 started out much drier than normal for New Mexico. The mid and lower Rio Grande Valley, as well as the southwest lowlands, were especially dry.
|A tabular summary of the precipitation data is available in pdf format.|
|Precipitation ranks for a number of periods, are available from NCDC.|