Monsoon

First real monsoon rain of 2011 in the Albuquerque & Rio Rancho area, and first real rain in about 6 months. Captured on a Fuji Finepix F550EXR, edited in Apple FinalCut Pro X and uploaded to YouTube.

Does Arizona's Dust Storm Mark The Beggining Of The Monsoon?

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In New Mexico and Arizona we are waiting anxiously for some rain. Arizona’s July 5th wall of dust known as a haboob seems to have marked the beginning of the Monsoon. These walls of dust moving into the Phoenix area are not new, I remember them nearly every year when I was growing up. This year it was a particularly large one.

The weekend outlook from the NOAA shows the seasonal shift in winds and moisture from the south.

Weekend Outlook

Less Water In The Southwest

Drought Monitor maps

I should leave this sort of thing to John Fleck, but I found an article at The Christian Science Monitor titled
The new water wars? Study shows broad decline in Rockies snowpack“. When I think of climate change I often think that the Earth will be fine, it’s our way of life that will be impacted.

While the shrinking snowpack in the 20th and early 21st centuries is not unprecedented from a climate-history standpoint, at no time in the past 800 years have so many people relied so heavily on these winter snows for their fresh water. The rivers and the drainage basins that feed them provide as much as 80 percent of the water used for irrigation, power generation, and other purposes by some 70 million people, according to the study.

Meanwhile most of the State of New Mexico continues to be in a drought.

First Snow Of The Winter!

First snow of 2006

After a entire winter of hardly any rain and no snow. We are getting a last minute reprieve with a major winter storm that has come through the state.

I’m suppose to drive up to Durango today, hopefully those plans are not ruined since the roads leading up to there are right in the middle of the storm.