September 2018 weather wrap-up
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.