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New Mexico Drought Eases

May 8, 2015

Severe drought = orange. Moderate drought = tan. Abnormally dry = yellow.
Credit U.S. Drought Mitigation Center

Drought conditions across much of New Mexico have been improving. According to this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor report, 55 percent of the state is in moderate to severe drought. That’s down from 97 percent at this time last year.  

This May is already one of the wettest Mays on record in Albuquerque. Climatologist David Dubois says forecasts are showing above average rainfall will continue for most of New Mexico.

“[The] combination of El Niño and that warmer Pacific along the coast, I think that is a pretty good recipe for above average," he said. "I wouldn’t say it’s a slam dunk.”

Severe drought conditions that remain are in the northwest corner of the state, with moderate drought areas in the north and southwest.