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Temps in LA County below average in the first quarter

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By DAVID BRUGGEMAN
Special to the Monitor

For the first quarter of the year, temperatures were near to below average in Los Alamos County, and maximum temperatures were below average each month.

For March, the average temperature was 1 degree above average. Maximum temperatures were about 1 degree below average and minimum temperatures were 3 degrees above average.

Temperatures plummeted at the end of the month, which resulted in Los Alamos breaking the lowest maximum temperature record on March 31, measuring 28 degrees. This was 7 degrees below the record.

For four months in a row, Los Alamos measured above average precipitation with 268% of normal during March.

Los Alamos measured the most precipitation in March with 3.21 inches, since 1973.

The abundance of precipitation has resulted in a continuation of decreasing drought for New Mexico. Severe Drought and Extreme Drought conditions dropped by 20% over the past three months.