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Chance of ‘megadrought’ in Southwest put at 50%

The chance of a “megadrought” gripping the Southwest for more than 30 years has increased to 50 percent, scientists say, which means bad news for California’s already parched landscape.

A woman bikes to the University of New Mexico on Friday morning along Central Avenue as Albuquerque awoke to a slow but steady rainfall. Today and Sunday are expected to be drier and warmer. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Rain drops in on ABQ

A slow drizzle persisted in Albuquerque on Friday morning and another storm came through in the evening, amounting to more than half an inch in certain parts of the city, according to the National Weather Service.