‘Mixed blessing’: Fire-plagued New Mexico faces excessive monsoon rain ~ The Washington Post

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A map of where moisture is riding north over the Desert Southwest. (WeatherBell) (WeatherBell)

First it was fires that plagued New Mexico. Now it is potential floods as the summer monsoon season starts with a bang.

A plume of deep tropical moisture wafting over the Southwest, driven by the monsoon, could unleash “excessive rainfall” through Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

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While the rainfall is welcome news in a landscape parched by widespread drought and charred by historically large fires, it may be too much of a good thing.

“Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations,” wrote the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, which issued a flash flood watch for much of central and western New Mexico.

The flash flood watch zones include the areas where New Mexico’s two largest blazes on record still rage — the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak and Black fires.

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