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Published November 23, 2010
New Mexico Drought Status(data through 11/16/10)
Data Source(s): New Mexico State Drought Monitoring Committee , U.S. Drought Monitor
Below-average precipitation during the past 30 days across most of New Mexico has caused short-term drought conditions to expand slightly this month, according to the November 16 update of the U.S. Drought Monitor (Figure 5a). The most notable expansion occurred in the southwest portion of the state.
Overall, 69.5 percent of New Mexico is drought free, a decrease of about 7 percent from one month ago (Figure 5b). Similar to last month, no regions are experiencing drought conditions worse than abnormally dry (Figure 5b). The drought situation may change dramatically over the next six months as the current La Niña event is expected to disrupt winter weather across the western U.S., producing dry conditions across the Southwest. La Niña events often reach their maximum strength during the December–February period and may cause precipitation deficits to be most acute during this period.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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