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Published April 25, 2012
New Mexico Drought Status(data through 4/17/12)
Data Source(s): New Mexico State Drought Monitoring Committee, U.S. Drought Monitor
Unusually dry late winter and early spring weather during the past 30 days helped expand and intensify drought conditions across New Mexico. Precipitation in most of southern and western New Mexico measured less than 50 percent of average, with many places experiencing no rain or snow. Since January 1, precipitation across the state has been less than 70 percent of average. As a result, about 86 percent of New Mexico is classified with moderate drought conditions or a more severe drought category, an increase from 82 percent in mid-March (Figure 5). The largest changes have occurred across northwest New Mexico, where abnormally dry conditions and moderate drought have replaced drought-free conditions. Southeastern New Mexico continues to experience the worst conditions, with extreme and exceptional drought persisting for more than a year.Notes:
The New Mexico section of the U.S. Drought Monitor is released weekly (every Thursday) and represents data collected through the previous Tuesday. The maps are based on expert assessment of variables including (but not limited to) the Palmer Drought Severity Index, soil moisture, streamflow, precipitation, and measures of vegetation stress, as well as reports of drought impacts. It is a joint effort of several agencies.
This summary contains substantial contributions from the New Mexico Drought Working Group.
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Southwest Climate Outlook Staff
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- Stephanie Doster, Institute of the Environment Editor
- Gregg Garfin, Founding Editor, Institute of the Environment
- Zack Guido, Managing Editor, CLIMAS Associate Staff Scientist
- Nancy J. Selover, Arizona State Climatologist
- Jessica Dollin, CLIMAS Publications Assistant
- Dave Dubois, New Mexico State Climatologist
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