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Never mind this week’s rain. It didn’t help much – unless you happen to be a silvery minnow.
“A few rainfall incidents does not end a six-month drought,” said Royce Fontenot, senior hydrologist in the Albuquerque office of the National Weather Service. “We got a big drink of water (this week), but we need to keep getting those big drinks. That’s the story of this drought. It gives you a lot of water and then turns it off.”
A map released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s drought monitor shows that more than 20 percent of New Mexico – scattered areas in the northern part of the state – is in exceptional drought, the most serious category, and more than 99 percent of the state is in some kind of drought. And the dropping of water levels in the Elephant Butte and Caballo reservoirs forced a restriction on storing additional water in northern New Mexico reservoirs.