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NM named 'Most Extreme Weather State' of 2013

Updated: 09/27/2013 11:58 AM | Created: 09/27/2013 11:34 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

New Mexicans know this year has been a whirlwind of severe weather, but we now have the title to prove it.

The Weather Channel named New Mexico the "Most Extreme Weather State" of 2013.

While the Land of Enchantment saw everything from drought to historic flooding, the Weather Channel was most impressed by the powerful storm in Albuquerque on July 26. Gusts of nearly 89 mph were recorded at the Sunport--the strongest measured in 74 years.

The storm knocked out power to more than 27,000 residents, forcing PNM to call for back up crews from Texas and Arizona. Mayor Richard Berry estimated that the storm cost the city more than $1 million in damages.

Other weird weather anomalies of 2013 include the nearly two-feet of hail Santa Rosa saw on July 4, making the city look like a winter wonderland in the middle of summer.

In recent weeks, the 100-Year Flood waterlogged New Mexico homes and roads, forcing evacuations across the state and even a helicopter rescue near Artesia.

A storm with winds reaching nearly 90 mph hit Albuquerque on July 26.
A storm with winds reaching nearly 90 mph hit Albuquerque on July 26.

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