Much of New Mexico is just like the forecasters said we should expect it to be: dry. With La Niña’s cool Pacific waters pushing storms away from us this year, Albuquerque and most points to the south and east have been drier than average since Oct. 1.
The federal government’s weekly Drought Monitor has raised warnings for much of New Mexico’s eastern plains, with the state’s far northeast corner in “moderate drought.”
But the key exception may be the one that matters most: New Mexico’s mountains, the source of our river runoff.
As of Friday, snowpack in the high country that feeds the Rio Grande headwaters was 59 percent above normal, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Snow in the headwaters of the San Juan is 50 percent above normal, and snowpack in the mountains that feed the Pecos is 25 percent above normal.