New drought monitor map shows progress in New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The new drought monitor map is out, and it shows some great progress.

In southwest New Mexico, drought conditions have improved so much in some places that some parts of Doña Ana and Otero counties have no drought. Other parts are not as lucky, like parts of Grant and Luna counties – still in extreme drought.

Las Cruces is still below average for the year to date rainfall.

The northern mountains have also seen substantial progress due to the rain in the area, but some areas have not seen as much – leading to the continued drought worries.

Santa Fe has seen almost eight inches of rain this year so far. On the other hand, Farmington is very below average. Extreme drought is still prominent in the Four Corners.

East New Mexico has seen the worst luck this monsoon season, causing the drought to hold strong in areas like Roswell where the annual rain total is much below average.

Looking at the Albuquerque metro, the drought has improved – but much of the the metro is still considered to be in severe drought. Some parts of the East Mountains are down to only a moderate drought as monsoon season rolls on.