New Mexico Still In Severe Drought

New Mexico – Forecasters with the National Weather Service have a bit of good news for drought-stricken New Mexico.

Some parts of the state got more precipitation in the first 10 days of October than they would normally get.

The bad news: New Mexico is still very much in the grips of a severe to exceptional drought, and not much relief is expected as winter approaches.

Members of New Mexico's Drought Working Group met Tuesday to talk about conditions across the state, including low reservoir levels and effects on farmers and ranchers.

Meteorologist Ed Polasko says statewide precipitation rankings for the first nine months of the year were 60 percent of normal.

He says this year's dry conditions are on par with those experienced during 1956, which marked the peak of the state's worst recorded mega-drought.

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