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For the first time in 18 years, New Mexico is drought free – at least for the short term.
The state’s drought map shows no areas of drought or extreme dryness, courtesy of a cool, wet monsoon season, the National Weather Service said Thursday.
That’s a far-sight better than a year ago, when the drought map showed that 87 percent of the state was abnormally dry, 27 percent was in moderate drought, and 1.1 percent was in severe drought.
“This is the first time since the drought monitor started in late 1999 that New Mexico hasn’t had any designation” of drought or abnormal dryness, said Royce Fontenot, senior hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.
The drought map last week showed a sliver of abnormal dryness in the Bootheel.
The U.S. drought map, which is issued each week, is based on a variety of factors, including rainfall, temperature, soil moisture …