What is in this article?:
- Drought conditions improve in New Mexico
- Beneficial rain
The latest National Drought Mitigation Center report issued July 29 indicates that drought conditions have improved for large areas of the state but most of New Mexico remains in at least some stage of drought.
Reports of residents “swimming in the streets” in Albuquerque may be an encouraging sign the drought has fled from New Mexico, but the unusual cloudbursts that dropped more than 5 inches of rain across parts of the city the last several days doesn't mean the entire state fared as well from recent weather developments.
All in all, the latest National Drought Mitigation Center report issued July 29 indicates that drought conditions have improved for large areas of the state but most of New Mexico remains in at least some stage of drought even if that stage was lowered from extreme and severe drought status to moderate or abnormally dry conditions.
Some areas, however, like most of the Albuquerque Metro area and several mountainous areas across the northern half of the state, received drenching downpours Saturday.
Albuquerque, which had experienced heavy rains earlier last week, received up to 4 additional inches of rain in isolated parts of the city Friday night and Saturday, raising the city's yearly rainfall total higher than the rainfall total for all of last year.
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The National Weather Service Albuquerque station reports that record-breaking rain in downtown and other parts of Albuquerque late Friday night caused moderate to severe flooding that trapped motorists in cars, and even provided some residents a chance to play in waist-high water in the streets. Homes and businesses were flooded and clean up crews continued to remove debris as power companies were still dealing with sporadic outages in small pockets around the county on Sunday.
In a two-hour period Friday night, nearly 3 inches of rain fell in northern parts of the city, forcing road closures and washing out a rail line bridge that suspended rail service north to Santa Fe until Sunday afternoon.