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Branigan Library’s May 21 program is all about this summer’s monsoon season

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Thomas Branigan Memorial Library and Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science will present a program on the 2022 summer monsoon season in New Mexico and what the region can expect this year, the City of Las Cruces said in a news release.

This presentation will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the Roadrunner Room on the second floor of the library, 200 E. Picacho Ave.

“Many people are somewhat confused by the term ‘monsoon,’ what it means, and if the monsoon truly happens in New Mexico,” the news release said. “With the help of a National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Jason Laney, we will learn all about the monsoon and understand how the monsoon here in New Mexico differs from other monsoons around the world.

“Most importantly, we will look at factors that may influence this year’s monsoon season and predict how strong we think it will be in 2022. Finally, we will look at ways to be better prepared for all the weather hazards that a typical monsoon brings to the desert Southwest.”

Jason Laney, NWS’ warning coordination meteorologist, has worked in NWS’ Santa Teresa, New Mexico office for almost 13 years, the news release said.