New Mexico’s climate is considered semi-arid to arid, so it can be surprising to hear that floods and flash floods are common and the leading cause of weather-related fatalities in the state. Floods have been reported in all months of the year and no county is spared, though some areas are favored. Kann discusses the various weather regimes that produce flooding, the favored locations, and how to anticipate and stay safe during flood events.

Deirdre Kann worked for various offices of the National Weather Service for 30 years before retiring in 2016, including 23 years at the Albuquerque NWS office. During this time, she provided operational support, completed damage surveys, and prepared local studies during and after major flood events.