Despite rains, drought not over in New Mexico
Posted at: 09/17/2013 5:31 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4
At the beginning of monsoon season, some locations, like Albuquerque, were down more than a foot from where we need to be regarding precipitation totals.
With this in mind, KOB Eyewitness News 4 went to the National Weather Service to ask what many people are probably wondering.
The answer is no. The drought is still not over, according to Shawn Bennett of the National Weather Service.
"The reason I say it's not over because even when you add in what we've had over the last week, we're still nine inches below what we would have had in a normal three year period," Bennett said.
Shawn also brought up Elephant Butte Lake, which is now at five percent capacity compared to about two percent a week ago.
That percentage may go up a little more as the runoff up north moves down south along the Rio Grande.
Sometime this week, the latest Drought Monitor will be issued. It'll be interesting to see how much of a dent we've made statewide regarding the drought. Stay tuned for that.