I’ve been keeping rainfall records as a volunteer National Weather Service observer since 1999. 2012 is the 13th calendar year for which I have complete records for my house, in Albuquerque’s near northeast heights, about a mile northeast of the University of New Mexico. It was my driest on record, at 5.08 inches (12.9 cm). The previous driest year on record was 2011, at 6.03 inches (15.3 cm). The average over my 13 years of record is 9.45 inches (24 cm). The PRISM dataset average for my neighborhood’s pixel is 9.71 inches (24.7 cm).