Magdalena area getting heavy dose of monsoon moisture

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According to the National Weather Service, parts of Socorro County has had 250 to 400 percent of normal rainfall amounts since July 1, but Socorro is about on par for monsoon moisture.

“In the last 60 days, the area near Magdalena has received as much as 10 or 12 inches of precipitation,” said Dierdre Kann, NWS meteorologist. That’s about 4 to 6 inches above normal.

Bosque del Apache has received 3.58 inches as of Aug. 12, she said. Normal for the refuge is 2.72 inches.

The city of Socorro has received 3.16 inches of rain since July 1, a little below the average of 3.3 inches.

Monsoon thunderstorms have been active more often this year in the county, which ups the chance of precipitation.

“Socorro County has been one of the wetter areas in the central part of the state,” said NWS meteorologist Kerry Jones. “There has been only three or four days since July 1 without thunderstorm activity in the county.”

But this year does not come close to the record 2006 monsoon season. That year, 7.15 inches of rain fell in the city of Socorro, Kann said. But the wet weather may not last.

“We may see the end of August getting more quiet,” she said. “Next week should be a little bit dryer. Our thunderstorm coverage won’t be as high as it was.”