ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than average precipitation across New Mexico in April brought relief to a state parched by the dry-as-dirt first three months of the year and helped beat back drought conditions to a small degree.
A state drought map released Thursday by the New Mexico Drought Monitoring Workgroup shows that 37 percent of the state is in moderate drought. In early April, 43 percent of the state was in moderate drought.
The big difference is March, which tied March 1956 as the driest March in New Mexico since 1895, and April, when statewide precipitation was 129 percent of normal.
“April was better than we thought it would be,” Chuck Jones, a meteorologist with the Albuquerque office of the National Weather Service, said during this week’s Drought Monitoring Workgroup session.