Rio Communities, New Mexico, lies on a high desert plateau and gets 8 inches of rain per year compared to the USA average of 37 inches. Snowfall is 5 inches per year compared to the US average of 25 inches. Snow rarely lasts more than one or two days, due to the sunshine and dry climate.. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 38 per year.
On average, there are over 280 days of sunshine per year in Rio Communities (sun shines 76% of the time). The July high is around 92 degrees, but the relative humidity is frequently less than 10%. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 65 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.
With summer high temperatures during the day in the moderate range, desert cooling provides comfortable evenings and nights. March and April are traditional windy months. The “monsoon” season normally lasts from July thru September and by it’s name are traditionally wet months. The over-all climate pattern is very comfortable and provides very small amounts of hazardous weather conditions.
Most people who live here had a choice of where to live and have chosen this area.