More than 40 percent of New Mexico is now in exceptional drought conditions compared to only 3.5 percent at this time last year, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor.
A deep red swath of color on the drought map indicating the highest level of drought stretches from the state’s far northeastern corner across the Middle and Lower Rio Grande into southwestern New Mexico. Just three months ago, less than 0ne percent of the state was in exceptional drought conditions.
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