New Mexico shared in on the floods as well, due to the same pattern in place that deluged Colorado.
|Rains in Colorado and New Mexico totaled several inches last week, significantly above average for any time of the year and, in some places, enough to set records for most rainfall in a day or week. Graphic source: NWS.|
Flooding in New Mexico lead to fatalities and damage, with rains falling in an area that had been drought-ravaged in recent years and in some places due to fires in past years, with areas very susceptible to mudslides due to burn scars on the landscape as vegetation had not fully returned.
|One picture of damage from New Mexico flooding. Photo from Las Cruces Sun-News|
This wet pattern in the West is breaking down as high pressure gradually noses into control over the Southwest, which should give these places a bit of a break for the balance of the week.