With chile farmers making plans for a summer without any supplemental irrigation allotments, any news of rain is good news. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say early month-to-month weather models point towards lots of good news this summer.
NWS Albuquerque cautioned against putting too much stock in this forecast yet, because forecasts get a little more unreliable each spring due to a “spring forecast barrier.” That’s a time when seasons change and inject a lot of unpredictability in the models — as anyone who has endured 50-degree temperature wings in April in Albuquerque will tell you.
But if these early models hold, Arizona and New Mexico could be in for an “early and robust” monsoon season and that’s great news for drought weary land.
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New Mexico accrued its heavy water debt from last year’s release from El Vado Reservoir of 12 billion gallons to keep the Rio Grande flowing through Albuquerque and boost river flows to extend central New Mexico’s irrigation season. With minimal water expected from the blue skies again this year, more will be added to New Mexico’s water debt.
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