New Mexico experiencing encouraging monsoon outlook
May 15, 2019 06:19 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The Pacific North American pattern is in a positive phase and El Nino is forecast to continue into summer and, possibly, beyond.
Andrew Church at the Albuquerque National Weather Service said all signs point to a potentially above average monsoon.
More moisture has kept the spring cool and wet, knocking down major fire threats, so far.
Church says it's possible for that pattern to continue in the summer.
"We can get kind of more of the traditional or classic monsoon pattern where we get a deep flow up from the south," said Church.
That would put us on par with the two wettest monsoons on record set in 1988 & 2006.
The results are already showing at New Mexico's lakes and reservoirs.
"Most reservoirs, depending on their size, are gaining between one and two feet per day," said Church.
It's a complete turnaround from last year's drought.
"It's above average for this time of year certainly and close to four or five times what we saw last year at this time," said Church.
Updated: May 15, 2019 06:19 PM
Created: May 15, 2019 04:27 PM
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