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 Central Valley
December-January-February Precipitation

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In the Rio Grande Valley, DJF precipitation is increased during El Niño events with the southern station, Socorro, averaging 135% of the long term average while Albuquerque averages 132% of normal. The impact is greater during strong El Niño events, with above average precipitation occurring during almost all six events at Socorro (166% of normal), and only 136% of the average precipitation at the Albuquerque Sunport.

A description of the graphs is located at the bottom of the page. 

winter precip for albuquerque during el nino events 
 Percent of Longterm Average for all El Niño Events = 132% , for strong El Niño Events = 136%
winter precip for socorro during el nino events 
Percent of Longterm Average for all El Niño Events = 135% , for strong El Niño Events =  166%

Precipitation values for 3-month periods during 18 El Niño Events since 1949-50 are plotted with respect to the long term precipitation average, listed to the right of the graph.  The precipitation totals for each 3-month period are plotted above or below each bar.  Years for which the El Niño Event was considered to be strong are colored in dark green. "M" represents a 3-month period with missing data. Finally, the percents of long term normal for all El Niño events and for the strong El Niño events are listed below each graph.