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Published September 20, 2011
New Mexico Drought Status(data through 9/13/11)
Data Source(s): New Mexico State Drought Monitoring Committee, U.S. Drought Monitor
Above-average monsoon precipitation was observed across many parts of western and northern New Mexico in the past 30 days, bringing some drought relief to these regions. However, exceptional drought conditions—defined as droughts that occur, on average, once in every 50 years—continue to cover large swaths of the state (Figure 5a). More than 70 percent of the state continues to experience extreme to exceptional drought conditions with little relief provided by a relatively poor monsoon to date (Figure 5b). Since the summer rainy season began, drought conditions have virtually remained the same.
La Niña has returned, which doesn’t bode well for improving drought conditions. Precipitation forecasts issued by NOAA-Climate Prediction Center indicate increased chances for below-average rain and snow across all of New Mexico through the winter. These forecasts are based in part on the historical precipitation patterns during La Niña events.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
- Dan Ferguson, CLIMAS Program Director
- Gregg Garfin, Founding Editor, Institute of the Environment
- Zack Guido, CLIMAS Associate Staff Scientist
- Gigi Owen, CLIMAS Assistant Staff Scientist
- Nancy J. Selover, Arizona State Climatologist
- Jessica Swetish, CLIMAS Publications Assistant
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