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Nearly half of New Mexico back in drought

Eddie Garcia
November 30, 2017 10:01 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It's no secret Albuquerque is right smack in the middle of a desert, but experts agree that almost two months without measurable rain is just too much.


National Weather Service Lead Forecaster Clay Anderson said the Albuquerque metro is on track to go well into December without rain or snow. That trend isn't limited to the Duke City, the entire state has been losing ground to drought.

"We are trending drier and drier and drier," Anderson said.

In September, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed zero percent of the state affected by drought. Three months later, nearly half of New Mexico is now back in drought conditions.

"Western New Mexico is in what we consider moderate drought, and conditions are worsening," Anderson said. "And here in the Rio Grande Valley, we're in abnormally dry conditions."

Anderson said losing this much ground to drought in such a short amount of time isn't unexpected.

"It's not unusual, especially here in New Mexico where just a little bit of precipitation can make a big difference," he said.

La Nina may be to blame for this warmer and drier start to the cold season. Anderson said it could impact certain areas worse than others.

"It certainly doesn't look good for those recreation areas in central and southern New Mexico," he said.


Eddie Garcia

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