Manzamo Mesa neighborhood from the air

This rainbook reports daily precipitation for the neighborhood of Manzano Mesa Elementary School in the Southeast Heights of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Since May 1, 2005, unofficial rain data have been collected at a private garden in the neighborhood. The station was set up with the assistance of the City Net program of the National Weather Service. Since 2014, the full body of data has been published here.

Rainbook data site

The rainbook data site is in southeast Albuquerque (Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA) at 35° 3′ 42″ N, 106° 31′ 10″ W, 1680 meters (5510 feet) above sea level, about a third of a mile east of Manzano Mesa Elementary School.

Precipitation extremes since 2005

The heaviest precipitation days (for the twenty-four hours ending at 7 a.m. on the date listed):

  1. Thursday, September 23, 2010: 2.14 inches
  2. Wednesday, August 16, 2006: 2.07 inches
  3. Sunday, July 15, 2018: 2.03 inches
  4. Saturday, July 20, 2013: 1.86 inches
  5. Friday, August 5, 2016: 1.78 inches
  6. Friday, December 17, 2010: 1.49 inches
  7. Sunday, October 5, 2008: 1.40 inches
  8. Saturday, December 30, 2006: 14.5 inches of snow (1.32 inches melted); rarely does snow linger in Albuquerque, but this ground cover remained for two weeks
  9. Thursday, April 29, 2021: 1.31 inches
  10. Friday, September 13, 2013: 1.25 inches
  11. Sunday, July 9, 2006: 1.21 inches
  12. Sunday, June 17, 2018: 1.15 inches
  13. Tuesday, August 1, 2006: 1.11 inches

The wettest 30-day period at Manzano Mesa occurred from July 25 through August 23, 2006, when 7.55 inches of rain fell. The wettest calendar months were all during the monsoon season, July through September:

  1. August 2006: 6.78 inches
  2. July 2018: 6.57 inches
  3. July 2013: 4.54 inches
  4. September 2013: 4.39 inches
  5. July 2008: 3.06 inches
  6. July 2006: 3.03 inches
  7. July 2014: 3.03 inches

The wettest non-monsoon months were May 2015 and November 2019. Both recorded 2.23 inches of rain.

The driest monsoon month was September 2008, when only 0.06 inches of rain fell.

Since May 2005, only six calendar months have lacked even a trace of rainfall:

  1. February 2006
  2. June 2011
  3. January 2014
  4. November 2017
  5. December 2017
  6. April 2018

The longest stretch with no measurable or trace precipitation whatsoever was 83 days, from October 20, 2017, through January 10, 2018.

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Manzano Mesa
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Inches of rainfall in the 24 hours ending at 7 a.m. December 3:

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. . . in the 7 days ending at 7 a.m. December 3:

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. . . in December to date:

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. . . in 2021 to date:

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The Manzano Mesa neighborhood gets about a third more rain than the official National Weather Service site at the airport. "Rain Journey" is a fun, informative 12-minute video that looks at the very local topic of rain watching.
 

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Download charts and map from "Rain Journey."