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You Asked 4 It: What's with the temperature variations across NM?

Eddie Garcia
Updated: August 31, 2020 02:54 PM
Created: March 14, 2018 11:00 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It's no secret that some parts of New Mexico are usually cooler than others, but Leena Gurman from Santa Fe wants to know exactly why.

"I'm always wondering why the temperature in Santa Fe is colder than Albuquerque," she asked.

Here's the answer: elevation. That's about it.

Usually, the higher you go, the colder it gets. While it's true that Santa Fe is farther north than Albuquerque, it has little to do with the temperature difference. In fact, elevation has a much larger influence on temperature than latitude.

There's about a 1,000-foot difference between the Albuquerque International Sunport and the Santa Fe airport.

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