Wave of spring rainstorms rolls into Albuquerque

Spring showers have arrived to soothe three unusually warm weeks in Albuquerque.

The metro area broke 143 high-temperature records at weather stations during 15 days this month, according to the National Weather Service. But Tuesday brought the second of three storm systems through the state, expected to scatter rain showers over the city and snowfall in the northern mountains today and tomorrow.

The same goes for Saturday and Sunday, when the third installment of a “wave train” pattern of storms rides into the state, according to NWS meteorologist Randall Hergert.

“The first three weeks of this month, we had very dry, very sunny, very above-normal temperatures across all of New Mexico, the metro area included,” Hergert said. “Those well-above-normal temperatures is not something we see, especially for that length of time.”

The weather service logged 0.07″ of rain at the Albuquerque International Sunport early Tuesday and more moisture is likely on its way.

“We’re expecting at least a few more rounds this afternoon, tonight and going into tomorrow,” Hergert said.

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State climatologist Dave DuBois said the spring showers return the state to a more typical weather pattern, with Albuquerque getting some rain between snowstorms in the north and windstorms in the south.

“I think we are back to an active pattern, a nice typical spring storm,” he said. “In the northern mountains we get snow, and in the southern Chihuahuan desert we get dust and winds — a typical spring scenario.”

 

Rain falls on a North Valley acequia bringing a touch of the green of spring to New Mexico. (Dean Hanson / Journal)

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