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Published February 22, 2012
New Mexico Drought Status(data through 2/14/12)
Data Source(s): New Mexico State Drought Monitoring Committee, U.S. Drought Monitor
New Mexico experienced few changes in drought conditions during the past 30 days. As of February 16, precipitation was below or near average, which did little to help improve drought conditions that are firmly entrenched across much of the state. More than 90 percent of the state is experiencing some form of drought; severe, extreme, or exceptional drought covers 63 percent of the state, according to the February 14 update of the U.S. Drought Monitor (Figures 5a–b). The most severe drought conditions continued to cover the southeast quarter of New Mexico; this is the only region in the entire West with extreme or exceptional drought. Small improvements occurred across the far northwest corner of the state, where several winter storms delivered decent precipitation in the past several months. Several counties in this region are now drought-free.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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