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Just when you thought you had enough reasons to hate 2020, here comes the National Weather Service with one more.

The weather service office in Albuquerque reported that the statewide average precipitation through November was only 5.22 inches (13.26 centimeters). That was 8.03 inches (20.40 centimeters) below normal and put the state on track to make 2020 the fourth driest year on record.

There’s a 55% chance that 2020 will end up as the warmest on record, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA), as reported by the Associated Press.

And, according to predictions provided, 2021 doesn’t look much better.

Courtesy National Weather Service, https://www.weather.gov/abq/

Predictions for the 2020-21 winter forecast a hotter and drier season for all parts of the state. The Albuquerque area is forecast to be 50-60% drier and 60-70% warmer than normal winter seasons. “The chances for a drier than average winter increase as you move south,” NWS predicts.

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