Map: The impact of recent rainfall on New Mexico’s drought

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Thursday morning’s drought monitor update shows the impact of the widespread rainfall across New Mexico.

Starting with the southwest, there has been some improvement near Las Cruces and the Gila National Forest, with some areas down to just a moderate drought.

However, there is still extreme drought in places like Hatch, which has not seen as much rain.

In the eastern part of the state, large improvements have been made with several areas now rid of “extreme” drought – but the majority of the area remains in “severe” drought due to the deficit in yearly rainfall totals.

In northern New Mexico, great progress has been made. Some areas are down to only a marginal, dry drought.

Parts of the Four Corners region are still under extreme drought conditions. Farmington is still below average so far for their yearly rainfall. Meanwhile, Santa Fe is above average, leading to drought conditions improving.

Finally, in the Albuquerque metro drought conditions have improved to an extent. With recent rainfall, the metro is now above the average yearly rainfall total.

For a closer look at the latest map, click here.