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On our summer monsoon

Winter droughts apparently bring summer rains in New Mexico. That, dumb luck and a bit of mystery are scientists’ best explanations for this year’s prodigious monsoon, which looks like one for the record books.

“We’re on track for our wettest summer ever,” said Charlie Liles, head of the National Weather Service’s Albuquerque office.

Whether the luck counts as bad or good depends on whether you’re enjoying the rainy respite— or digging mud out of your living room.