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Published August 22, 2012
New Mexico Drought Status(data through 8/14/12)
Data Source(s): New Mexico State Drought Monitoring Committee, U.S. Drought Monitor
Limited monsoon activity across New Mexico has provided little relief to ongoing drought conditions across the state and the entire state remains in moderate to extreme drought (Figure 5a). The numbers have changed little since last month, but the area classified with severe or more elevated drought has grown slightly, from 79 percent in mid-July to 85 percent in mid-August (Figure 5b). This shift towards worsening conditions occurred in the southwestern corner of the state, where meager monsoon precipitation has led to worsening short-term drought conditions.
The USDA will continue to open up disaster assistance and aid programs to support farmers and ranchers impacted by drought across New Mexico (New Mexico Business Weekly, August 9). More than $600,000 will be available to farmers and ranchers in New Mexico through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to support the development and improvement of livestock watering facilities and water conservation practices.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
- Michael Crimmins, UA Extension Specialist
- 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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