Persistent rainfall for the past few months has reversed the drought trend that had hung on for more than four years in some parts of the southwest

Persistent rainfall for the past few months has reversed the drought trend that had hung on for more than four years in some parts of the southwest.

Drought disappearing from Texas, Okla. but easing into western New Mexico.

Little drought remains in Oklahoma and Texas.

Except for one tiny little yellow speck in the most far west county, Oklahoma’s latest drought monitor map is all white—no drought at all except for that little blip, which represents only 1.72 percent of the state considered abnormally dry.

Texas shows a sizeable chunk of abnormally dry space in the middle of the state, along with a bit of yellow spread over parts of three counties in the northwest corner of the state. One little blip of orange—moderate drought—shows up in the middle of that small yellow anomaly. The rest of the state is drought-free.

New Mexico appears to be drying out along the western border with a ribbon or severe drought extending across much of the four most northern and western counties. A bit less than half the state’s western edge is considered in abnormally dry to severe drought status. Except for one small area touching two counties in south central New Mexico, the rest of the state is drought-free.

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The numbers tell the story. In New Mexico, 49.21 percent of the state is rated drought-free. Just 50.79 percent is rated from abnormally dry to extreme drought; only 6.62 percent is considered in severe drought, and 33.65 is rated moderate.

One year ago, 100 percent of the state was considered in abnormally dry to exceptional drought status. Three months ago, more than 83 percent of the state was considered in abnormally dry to exceptional drought conditions.

In Oklahoma, more than 91 percent of the state was rated in abnormally dry to exceptional drought status this time last year. That condition persisted until this spring and held at 91.37 percent in drought just three months ago.

Drought conditions in Texas also improved dramatically over the past three months, down from 40 percent in moderate to exceptional drought to 0.3 percent for the latest monitoring period. This time last year, 71 percent of the state was considered in moderate to exceptional drought.

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