Septem­ber 2018 weather wrap-up

The Taos News - - ENVIRONMENT - —Cody Hooks

After look­ing at the rain gauge at the end of last month, lo­cal me­te­o­rol­o­gist Jack Daseler re­ports the Taos area has had seven con­sec­u­tive months with be­low-av­er­age pre­cip­i­ta­tion. In­deed, to­tal per­cep­tion was just .91 inches, which is down .37 inches from the long-term av­er­age, he said. The ma­jor­ity of rain fell on a sin­gle day early in the month, Sept. 5.

The “wa­ter year” ran from Oct. 2017 to Sept. 2018. To­tal­ing 7.49 inches of pre­cip­i­ta­tion, this was the third dri­est since records be­gan around 1900, Daseler said. The only drier wa­ter years were 1937 and 1938.

At the same time, the av­er­age tem­per­a­ture in Sept. 2018 of 63 de­grees was 3.2 de­grees above the longterm av­er­age. This marks the 13th con­sec­u­tive month of above-av­er­age tem­per­a­tures, Daseler re­ports.

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