Heavy rains give Taos wet September


Major rains last week dumped on Taos a bit less than the rest of the state, but more rains and potentially severe weather are rolling through Taos again.

Last week’s stormy weather was the result of a low-pressure system over the Four Corners that for several days drew moisture from the south and east, said Brian Guyer, meteorologist with Albuquerque’s National Weather Service office.

Cold temperatures and steely, churning skies complemented the heavy rains.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque issued a flash flood watch for much of the state, including the Taos County area, from Friday to Saturday evening (Sept. 29-30).

Peter Vigil, director of the Taos Soil and Water Conservation District, told The Taos News Oct. 2 his office has received no reports of acequias damaged by the rains.

With the burst of stormy weather, Taos had the third wettest September recorded since the early 1990s, according to retired National Weather Service meteorologist and Taos resident Jack Daseler.

From Sept. 26-30, Daseler recorded 2.43 inches of rain, which brought the month’s total to 3.26 inches. Though not recorded in this data, snow fell on the upper peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

The wettest September on record was 2013, which had 4.48 inches of rain.

According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, last week’s rains saturated soils across the state.

Drier air arrived from the west and southwest Saturday (Sept. 30), though clouds hung over Taos Wednesday (Oct. 4) as another round of weather from a low-pressure system moved into the state.

Many rivers, arroyos and streams could be prone to flooding because of heavy localized rain, the agency warned.

Meteorologists said a “drying pattern” would again be the predominant weather feature heading into Friday (Oct. 6) and the weekend.