Temperature-wise, it was one of the top 10 warmest years so far in the Taos area; records began in the late...
The year 2018 overall was warmer and drier than average.
Temperature-wise, it was one of the top 10 warmest years so far in the Taos area; records began in the late 1890s, with only about 75 of the 120 years having complete data. Other years with complete data that were quite warm include 1907, 1910, 1937 and 2017.
Every month of 2018 was above average for temperatures, except for October and November. The summer was unusually hot — 28 days had highs of 90 degrees or warmer.
As for precipitation, 2018 was drier than usual through the first nine months of the year, as the drought lingered in the region. The water year from Oct. 2017 to Sep. 2018 was one of the driest on record for the area. Precipitation returned to near or above normal for the last three months of the year.
Submitted report by Jack Daseler, retired meteorologist with the National Weather Service who lives in Las Colonias.
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