As friends and colleagues back East complained that it was raining again–and another friend posted a picture on my Facebook page of the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant surrounded by flood waters–I checked the National Weather Service’s website to see how much it had rained in Albuquerque this year. Memory is flawed of course, but I couldn’t remember when it had rained at my house for more than a few minutes.
So far this year, we’ve received 0.19 inches of rain in Albuquerque. That’s -2.77 inches from “normal.”
As I mentioned last week, I’m writing and editing a number of climate change stories. Even if I weren’t, however, it would be difficult not to contemplate what’s happening across the Southwest, the United States, the globe these days.