I read a ways back that weather pattern models suggested we weren't going to have a monsoon season. This is in contrast to conventional wisdom from the last time we had such an extreme cold/hot dry year, which I think was in 2006.

 

I'll take the farmer's almanac over meteorology any day, so I was pleased to see the thunderstorm clouds return a couple of weeks ago. Today the monsoons came back with a vengeance. 

 

Like most things, rain doesn't come moderately in New Mexico. Flooding the upper streets like Juan Tabo and Eubank, sand and grit and rainwater splashed into the wheel wells of unsuspecting motorists, while the more unassuming travelers on two wheels got a damn good soaking.

 

Places to be: watching the water course through the intersection of the concrete giants on the bike path at I-40 and University. The foothills at Menual and Indian School, where the sand runs almost as fast as the water. Downtown, wet streets soaking the shoes of casual bar goers out for an early evening drink. Backyard watching the chickens chase raindrops. 

 

5 out of 5 stars for bringing life back to the desert. 

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Comment by Benny the Icepick on July 21, 2011 at 11:17am
I'd also like to catch a storm from that "graveyard" looking wall up on Juan Tabo just south of Spain.  Not only would it be neat to watch the water cascading over those teeth, you could turn around and watch the lightning storms across the entire city.


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Comment by Joe Cardillo on July 21, 2011 at 1:31pm
That is a good one. Reminds me,  Bear Canyon which is a little further up that same wash is pretty sweet as well.
Comment by Granjero on July 22, 2011 at 1:22am
West bound Osuna at jefferson usually turns into a raging river during the quick thunderstorms...

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