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Published March 21, 2012
New Mexico Drought Status(data through 3/13/12)
Data Source(s): New Mexico State Drought Monitoring Committee, U.S. Drought Monitor
Drought conditions across New Mexico did not substantially change from one month ago, according to the March 13 update of the U.S. Drought Monitor. A few spots of above-average precipitation occurred in the last month, but most of New Mexico received less than 75 percent of average precipitation. Some decent precipitation in the southwest corner of the state in late February helped upgrade severe drought conditions to moderate drought levels (Figure 5a). In spite of this, almost 80 percent of the state is experiencing moderate or a more severe drought category (Figure 5b). This pattern of widespread and intense drought conditions across New Mexico has persisted for almost 14 consecutive months. The last time New Mexico was generally drought-free was in October 2010, when abnormally dry conditions covered only 23 percent of the state.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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- Stephanie Doster, Institute of the Environment Editor
- Gregg Garfin, Founding Editor, Institute of the Environment
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- Nancy J. Selover, Arizona State Climatologist
- Jessica Dollin, CLIMAS Publications Assistant
- Dave Dubious, New Mexico State Climatologist
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