The rain began with a downpour in downtown Albuquerque starting around 4:30 PM yesterday afternoon. It was still raining hard when I headed home at 7:30 PM, and continued raining all the way home. When I turned onto our road by the cattle ramp, all I could see as far as the "brights" on the headlights would reach was water covering the road from edge to edge until it faded into black beyond the falling rain. I drove on the flooded road all the way to the property, where the mulch-covered driveway was doing its best to absorb the water. Once inside, I checked the rain gage, and it showed 0.54 inch precipitation at 8:15 PM. The rain continued to pour all through the night and finally stopped before sunrise. At 6:50 AM this morning, the rain gauge read 0.90 inch of rain. The weatherman on the radio had predicted 1 to 1.5 inches of rain from the storm. I went out before sunrise this morning to see if the road was still flooded, but only small puddles remained at the east end of the road — the dry ground had already absorbed most of the water. When I headed to work a little after 9:00 AM, a large puddle remained on the road near our cattle ramp.
Twelve hours of nonstop rain, resulted in 9/10 of an inch of precipitation
A large, persistent puddle near the cattle ramp