2013 Water Year Precipitation 2012 Calendar Year Precipitation
 October 2012 - November 2012
January - November 2012
thumbnail graphic of water year precipitation through November
thumbnail graphic of water year precipitation through November
   

Calendar Year 2012 Precipitation

November precipitation for New Mexico was generally far below normal nearly statewide while the northeast corner of the state saw no measurable precipitation from Clayton to Santa Rosa and from Sumner Lake to Tucumcari and San Jon. October and November 2012 combined to produce only about 25 percent of normal precipitation statewide.

The first 11 months of calendar year 2012 were much drier than normal for all climate divisions within the state. Statewide precipitation of 58 percent of normal through November ranked 2012 as the 2nd driest start to any year on record. This follows 2011 where the January through November period was previously the 2nd driest on record. The past 24 months (ending November 30,2012) have been the driest 24 month period (ending in November) on record for New Mexico.
 
The Northeastern Plains climate division was the driest area through November at just 50 percent of normal precipitation, while the Southwestern Mountains climate division was the least dry at 65 percent of normal precipitation.
 
Locations with significant November 2012 precipitation included: the Luna Ranger Station with 1.16 inches, Red River with 0.87 inches, Cloudcroft with 0.81 inches, Dulce with 0.72 inches, and El Morro National Monument with 0.71 inches.

Water Year 2012 Precipitation

The first two 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 have been especially dry. The eastern half of Union County in far northeast New Mexico received heavy precipitation on a few days in October, but November was bone dry. October and November 2012 combined to produce only about 25 percent of normal precipitation statewide.

A tabular summary of the precipitation data is available in pdf format.
Precipitation ranks for a number of periods, are available from NCDC.

 

 


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