Weather extremes seen throughout 2017
December 28, 2017 06:24 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The weather in 2017 started out mild and mostly dry with many areas starving for rain and snow, but a major April snowstorm dumped 1 to 2 inches of snow in the East Mountains.
May saw a mega tornado outbreak with the National Weather Service confirming seven touchdowns in less than a full day.
"We had tornado reports from north-central, south-central, northeast and southeast within the span of about 12 hours," said Kerry Jones with the National Weather Service.
In September, the drought was broken in New Mexico for the first time since the U.S. Drought Monitor came into existence. Ample monsoon rain helped many regions.
In some cases, too much rain fell at one time. Flooding in Belen covered front yards and homes between interstate 25 and highway 116.
"I have never seen Belen with remotely this much water," said one Belen resident.
Meanwhile, ample rain caused the Rio Grande to flow about 3 feet higher than normal, breaking October records.
"One of the biggest flows that we've had in October on record. We have records here at ABQ going back 70 years," said John Fleck with UNM Water Resources.
In November, it seemed like all the rain stopped and an autumn heat-wave kicked in, making November 2017 the warmest on record. Those records date back to the late 1800s.
The drought began to slowly creep back into New Mexico from west to east. By early December, more than 90 percent of the state was back in varying levels of drought.
By late December, the Albuquerque International Sunport had gone more than 80 consecutive days without measurable precipitation.
Updated: December 28, 2017 06:24 PM
Created: December 28, 2017 04:48 PM
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