Bottom Line
Remember that ordinary thunderstorms can cause flash floods given favorable hydrologic factors. To summarize, keep the following in mind:
  • NM averages 11 flash floods per year; greatest threat during July and August between 3 and 8 pm
  • Forecasters use the observation network, radars, satellites, human reports, and all other available data to detect and warn for flash floods
  • All instruments and data have limitations
  • NM’s flash floods can strike quickly in complex terrain or at long range from radar, where they are difficult to detect and where NOAA Weather Radio signals may not reach
  • Weather wise media & public can prepare for this dangerous threat and react appropriately when flash floods strike is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.