(AP) — New Mexico is slipping further into drought, having marked the driest two-year period in nearly 120 years of record-keeping.
National weather forecasters and water managers shared the latest statistics on New Mexico’s devastatingly dry conditions during a meeting Tuesday. They say the last 12- and 24-month periods have eclipsed even those dry times of the early 20th century and the 1950s.
For the first four months of this year, New Mexico has received less than half its normal precipitation.
Forecasters say the Santa Fe and Socorro areas have received just 17 percent of their normal snow and rainfall this year.
And with the snowpack now melted, officials say there is nothing to replenish the state’s reservoirs.