Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

The 2021 monsoon season in Albuquerque is ending

The areas around Rio Rancho and Bernalillo were again quite arid, receiving only between 2 and 3 inches of rainfall.

From June 15 to September 30, the Sunport recorded 32 days of measurable rainfall.

However, only two of those days dropped more than half an inch.

On July 20th, a thunderstorm hit the eastern parts of the city with some very heavy rainfall, with rainfall rates of 3 to 4 inches per hour.

This storm sent water rushing through the arroyos.

“The amount of water that was in the flood channel this afternoon could possibly be some of the deepest and fastest flowing bodies of water I’ve ever seen,” said Tom Ruiz, spokesman for the Albuquerque Fire Department.

5 people were swept away and unfortunately only 2 were saved.

Then, just a week later, another severe thunderstorm with heavy rains that resulted in two more people being carried away and only one being rescued.

According to the National Weather Service, this is the deadliest monsoon in the Albuquerque area in recent history.

Two of the best monsoons in Albuquerque in the last 15 years were in 2013 and 2006.

During the 2013 monsoons, everyone on the subway took in at least 5 inches of rainfall and some had more than 10 inches. It was 2013 when the Sunport had its wettest 7-day rainfall since June 1933 – just over 3.10 inches of rain were recorded.

2006 was the wettest monsoon on record for the Albuquerque subway, with nearly 9½ inches of rain recorded at Sunport from June 15 to September 30.

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