2012 Water Year Precipitation
2012 Calendar Year Precipitation
 Starts in October 2012
January - October 2012

Available in January 2013

(statistics in tabular summary below)

thumbnail graphic of water year precipitation through October

Calendar Year 2012 Precipitation

October precipitation across New Mexico ranged from less than 15 percent of normal for the western third of the state to near normal in a few spots in Chaves County, eastern Union County and southwest Quay County. October precipitation in the northern New Mexico Mountains ranged from less than 15 percent of the monthly normal to about 70 percent of normal.

The first ten months of calendar year 2012 were much drier than normal for all climate divisions within the state. Statewide precipitation of 60 percent of normal through October ranked 2012 as the sixth driest start to any year on record. This follows 2011 where the January through October period was the second driest on record. The past 24 months (ending October 31,2012) have been the second driest 24 month period on record for New Mexico, just behind the period that ended in October 1956.

The Northeastern Plains climate division was the driest area through October at just 52 percent of normal precipitation, while the Southwestern Mountains climate division was the least dry at 67 percent of normal precipitation.

Locations with significant October 2012 precipitation included: the Clayton Airport with 2.07 inches, the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge with 1.27 inches, and the Roswell Climate station with 1.22 inches.

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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