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Drought watch: rains bringing little improvement so far

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It may feel wet in my Albuquerque backyard after 1.44″ of rain so far in July, but the surges of monsoon moisture to date have had little impact on drought conditions in the state, according to this morning’s federal Drought Monitor:

Some monsoon moisture streamed northward over the Southwest, making it as far north as the Great Salt Lake, bringing isolated rains to Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. The heaviest rains (1.0 – 2.6 inches) were confined to southeastern Arizona and the highest of terrain in central New Mexico, therefore the rains had little impact on the drought in New Mexico.

Here’s today’s map: