Two tropical cyclones are easing drought

Two tropical cyclones are bringing some serious rain to the Southwest just as monsoon rains came to an end last week.

Tropical Storm Dolly was short-lived, forming in the Gulf of Mexico on Labor Day and making landfall in Mexico on Wednesday. From there, it's continued to fizzle, but dropping large amounts of rain along its path in Mexico.

Hurricane Norbert in the Pacific has only had a slightly longer lifespan. It formed on Tuesday this week, became a hurricane Wednesday evening, and is now expected to hug Baja California.

Both storms are producing heavy rainfall and some of that rain is expected to move into the desert Southwest the rest of the week.

Some forecast models are hinting at more than two-and-a-half inches of rain in New Mexico starting today and lasting through Saturday.

While all this rain could lead to flooding, some rain is still needed since most of Arizona and New Mexico are under some form of drought. Maybe this hurricane induced extension of the monsoon season will ease the drought conditions.

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