The blood-red color on the U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday symbolizes the dryness that has spread across New Mexico and the rest of the West.
Winter is half over, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains haven’t received significant snowfall since before Thanksgiving, when the region received a foot of snow, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The water equivalent of the snow left in the mountains was at 56 percent to 62 percent of the normal level over the last three decades, based on measurements taken at telemetry sites.
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