August rainfall eases drought in New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — At the end of June, about 55% of New Mexico was in an “exceptional drought,” which is the worst category of drought. As of Sept. 1, only .23% of the state is under an exceptional drought.

In Roswell, the city normally sees about 1.68 inches of rainfall in August. This year, they measured 3.17 inches — that is about a 1.5 inch surplus.

In Santa Fe, the normal amount of rainfall is about 1.96 inches. This year, they recorded 2.04 inches — just a little more than average.

In Albuquerque, the normal amount of rainfall for August is about 1.31 inches. This year, the city saw about 2.48 inches — a surplus of 1.17 inches.

Meteorologist Brandon Richards breaks down the drought monitor in the video above.