Hurricanes can be our friends

Hurricanes can be our friends. Actually the remnants of hurricanes can be our friends. This is the time of the year that Pacific hurricanes sometime come to the southwest to die. Moisture carried by or directed by these tropical storms can have a big impact on our fall moisture. Of course sometimes they miss us and drop all of their moisture in other areas. This was particularly the case with Hurricane Norbert. It dropped inches of rain in Arizona but did little for NM. Hurricane Odile looked more promising. Big flooding rain amounts were predicted for much of New Mexico. Unfortunately, the track of the dying hurricane took it mostly through southern NM so the big deluge that we were predicted to see on this past Thursday never arrived. On the other hand the moisture that got sucked up into NM ahead of the low that was Odile gave the Sevilleta a pretty good shot of rain; this came mostly on Wednesday. The table below shows the daily rainfall for the 10 Sevilleta met stations. The limit of the northward track of the moisture in the comparison with Albuquerque (ABQ). This 4 days of rain provided more than the average precipitation for the Sevilleta in Sept - 35.8 mm.

	      Daily Precipitation for Sep 15-18, 2014


	Mon	Tue	Wed	Thur	Total	Total
Sta ID	15	16	17	18	mm	in.
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1	6.9	8.0	40.5	0.0	55.4	2.18
40	17.6	7.3	20.1	0.3	45.3	1.78
41	5.1	9.9	17.0	1.0	33.0	1.30
42	4.2	10.1	19.4	4.0	37.7	1.48
43	0.8	4.6	23.6	0.0	29.0	1.14
44	37.0	8.9	24.0	0.0	69.9	2.75
45	3.9	2.5	34.9	0.6	41.9	1.65
48	1.6	5.9	30.5	0.3	38.3	1.51
49	10.0	9.0	21.5	0.3	40.8	1.61
50	16.5	5.7	16.5	2.6	41.3	1.63
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Avg.   10.4	7.2	24.8	0.9	42.4	1.67
						
ABQ	10.7	0.0	2.8	0.0	13.5	0.53

D.M.

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