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Published June 26, 2013
New Mexico Drought Status(data through 6/18/13)
Data Source(s): New Mexico State Drought Monitoring Committee, U.S. Drought Monitor
Drought conditions intensified in the last month in New Mexico. Extreme and exceptional drought cover about 46 and 44 percent of the state, respectively (Figures 5a–b). The biggest change in the past 30 days was the large expansion of extreme drought overtaking previously severe conditions in the northwest quarter of the state. Almost no precipitation fell across this region in the past 30 days. Extreme and exceptional drought conditions occupy more area than they have since February 2004. Monsoon rains in coming months likely will help improve drought conditions in some regions of New Mexico. However, even an above-average monsoon will not make dramatic drought improvements given the extreme drought conditions.
In drought-related news, several deer and a bear were struck by cars in the mountains east of Albuquerque in the past few weeks. New Mexico Game and Fish officials believe these collisions are related to the animals searching for water, which is harder to come by due to drought (krqu.com, June 19).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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