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Published February 27, 2013
New Mexico Drought Status(data through 2/19/13)
Data Source(s): New Mexico State Drought Monitoring Committee, U.S. Drought Monitor
Several storms drenched Arizona and lowered temperatures in the past 30 days but missed much of New Mexico. As a result, most of New Mexico received less than 70 percent of average precipitation in this period, and little to no precipitation fell across much of the eastern half of the state. The lack of substantive rain and snow has added to the state’s mounting winter precipitation deficits: since October 1, most of New Mexico has received less than 50 percent of average rain and snow. As a result, extreme drought conditions have expanded across the central part of the state, according to the February 19 update of the U.S. Drought Monitor (Figures 5a–b). Extreme or exceptional drought now covers 50 percent of New Mexico, up from 31 percent last month, and at least moderate drought covers about 98 percent of the state.
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 Dubious, New Mexico State Climatologist
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