NM rains making major league dents in drought

Posted at: 07/31/2014 5:41 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's looking like September of last year all over again in parts of New Mexico, including Albuquerque, where the July rains have not only been a fantastic sight to see, but is also making the state a little greener these days.

"It had been a very interesting month. Certainly a very active month for a good part of the state," said Kerry Jones with the National Weather Service.

He says that Albuquerque has received 3.41" of rain this month, which is 80% of what the city gets on average during all of monsoon season.

Some areas in the Duke City, like the South Valley, got up to 4" of rain this week.

Albuquerque is not the only winner, though. Areas near Santa Rosa had more than 8" this month. The water from the Pecos River that feeds Sumner Lake has gone up anywhere from 5-6 ft.

Is New Mexico out of the drought?

"No, but we've made some major league dents," Jones said.

The all-time wettest July on record for Albuquerque was back in 1930, when 4.45 inches of rain fell.