Albuquerque July Precipitation: 2011 vs. 2012

The benefits of the 2012 monsoon have been spotty thus far.  If you happen to be right under a storm, you've done pretty well precipitation-wise.  If not, you're probably hoping August delivers more rain.

Since the only official station is at the Albuquerque Sunport, dedicated members of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network help fill in the gaps across Albuquerque. Below are two maps showing the distribution of precipitation across Albuquerque for July 2011 and July 2012. 
 
ABQ July 2011 Precipitation ABQ July 2012 Precipitation

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 July 2011  July 2012  
     
As a whole, much of the Albuquerque Metro area received more precipitation than last year in July.  However, some may say, it was just distributed differently.  On July 24th, a strong storm with very heavy rainfall dropped significant amounts of rainfall near and just east of the intersection of Paseo del Norte and Interstate 25. Many instances of street flooding were reported.  The NWS Center Weather Service Unit, near Paseo and Louisiana, recorded a whopping 2.02 inches of rain. Without this storm, the map for 2012 would look quite different.  Unfortunately, since the rain fell so fast and furious, it was not as beneficial as it could have been if it fell slower and over several days.
 
   
Elsewhere, locations with less than one half inch of rain are greatly reduced from 2011. However, areas near the foothills are running about an inch behind last years totals.
 
Normal July precipitation at the Albuquerque Sunport is 1.50 inches.  This July, the Sunport received 0.89 inches - one half inch more than in 2011. Below are tables for the wettest and driest July's on record since 1897.
 
Top 5 Wettest July's Top 5 Driest July's
Precipitation Year Precipitation Year
4.45" 1930 0.08" 1980
4.12" 1919 0.13" 1900
3.55" 2006 0.14" 1958
3.38" 2008 0.15" 1920
3.33" 1968 0.19" 1935
 

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