Saturated New Mexico means more flooding concerns
Posted at: 09/19/2013 8:43 PM
Meteorologist Jorge Torres did a demonstration showing how New Mexico is like a sponge right now.
He used a Dixie cup filled with water to represent the amount of rain New Mexico has received within the past three years.
He also used a bucket to represent the amount of rain New Mexico has received this monsoon season alone.
When pouring the water slowly from the Dixie cup, representing isolated showers the past 3 summers, he noticed that the sponge could absorb the water.
When showing the water being poured from the bucket, which represents the heavy rain and flash flooding this monsoon season, he noticed that the sponge can't absorb the water.
It just flows out, meaning that the sponge is super-saturated..just like New Mexico.
Because of the heavy rain and flooding, the drought has quickly dropped off across the state.
The map provided by the US Drought Monitor showed how dry the state was at the beginning of monsoon season.
In June and July, half of the state was under an exceptional drought. As of September 19th, New Mexico is exceptionally drought free.
Here is the link to the US Drought Monitor website: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_state.htm?NM,W