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

Water Year and Calendar Year 2013 

The first seven months of water year 2013 (October 2012 through April 2013) has been disappointing.  Average statewide precipitation was only 45 percent of normal.  The Northwest Plateau had the ‘best’ average at 60 percent while the Southern Desert had the worst at 25 percent of normal.

April 2013 produced mostly below normal precipitation across the state, except near normal in the northwest. Calendar year precipitation (January – April 2013) so far has averaged only 47 percent of normal.  The Northwest Plateau has fared the best with 65 percent of normal, while the Southwest Mountains were at 61 percent. Meanwhile the Southern Desert only averaged 31 percent of normal precipitation and the Central Valley 30% of normal.
Stations with notable January through April precipitation deficits included: the Albuquerque Sunport: 0.60 inches (32% of normal), Santa Fe Airport 0.39 inches (17% of normal), Socorro Airport: 0.29 inches (18% of normal), Grants Airport 0.26 inches (13% of normal) and the White Sands National Monument 0.10 inches (7% of normal).

Statistics for long term warm and dry conditions have changed little and continue to dominate New Mexico's climate. Considering the last 119 years, both the 12-month and 24-month periods ending in April were the driest  on record.

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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