Many people live in Northern New Mexico because of its abundant sunshine, but even they might have to admit that this year’s springtime rains, and all the rejuvenation that moisture has brought to our surrounding watersheds, rivers, streams and acequias, has felt like a godsend in light of last year’s devastating wildfire season.

The difference has been so stark, in fact, that some of us, too, had forgotten that drought isn’t the rule in May — rain usually is. But the amount of rain received over the first few weeks of the month was exceptional, which is suggestive of the same pattern meteorologists have seen in other parts of the globe in recent decades.

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