Drought situation improves in parts of New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Drought conditions have eased up in parts of New Mexico.
The latest federal drought map shows more than one quarter of the state is now without drought, marking the largest area in nearly a year. That includes the area along the New Mexico-Texas border and the southern half of the Rio Grande Valley.
Officials say a reassessment of conditions led to the shrinking of drought and abnormal dryness in New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest.
Heavy rainfall from the remnants of several recent tropical systems brought precipitation totals into the surplus category across southern and eastern New Mexico.
Other areas are still parched, including the Four Corners region and far northern New Mexico. Abnormally dry to severe drought also is plaguing parts of western New Mexico.