A headline in Saturday’s Albuquerque Journal announced that “Rains ease New Mexico’s short-term drought.” That’s really great news. I recall last year’s monsoon season was almost non-existent. This year’s summer rainy season began in late June when more than two inches fell at our house during a two week period.
The rains have continued since, very spotty in typical New Mexico monsoon fashion, with arroyo busters two miles away and nothing but a few drops to mess up your car wash at home. But by the next day, we can get a third of an inch at our house while the Organ Mountains get nothing.
The countryside, particularly around the Organ Mountains is as green as I remember it in years. And the Albuquerque Journal story says that while 53% of the state was considered in the category of “exceptional drought” three months ago, that number has dwindled to just 9% as of last week.
I’m attaching some photos of how our house has blossomed (literally) with the additional rainfall, along with some other pictures showing how beneficial the precipitation has been.