Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Albuquerque, NM

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM
925 PM MDT FRI APR 17 2015

   ...NO EXTREME OR EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT IN NEW MEXICO...
   ...18 PERCENT OF THE STATE IN SEVERE DROUGHT...
   ...62 PERCENT OF THE STATE IN MODERATE TO SEVERE DROUGHT...

SYNOPSIS...

THE AVERAGE STATEWIDE PRECIPITATION FOR MARCH 2015 WAS 0.65 INCHES
WHICH WAS 0.08 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS WAS THE 58TH WETTEST MARCH
ON RECORD...AT 89 PERCENT OF NORMAL.

2015 STARTED OUT VERY WELL WITH THE JANUARY AVERAGE STATEWIDE
PRECIPITATION 231 PERCENT OF NORMAL. FEBRUARY WAS NOT AS IMPRESSIVE
BUT DID END UP WITH A STATEWIDE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION OF 115 PERCENT
OF NORMAL. UNLIKE JANUARY...FEBRUARY DELIVERED MUCH NEEDED SNOW TO
THE SAN JUAN AND SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS. FOR THE JANUARY THROUGH
MARCH 2015 YEAR SO FAR...AVERAGE STATEWIDE PRECIPITATION IS STILL AN
IMPRESSIVE 141 PERCENT OF NORHAL.

A COUPLE OF WET STORM SYSTEMS BROUGHT HEAVY RAINS TO PORTIONS OF
SOUTHERN AND EASTERN NEW MEXICO IN MARCH...HOWEVER SNOWPACK TOOK A
HUGE HIT DUE TO THE WARM AND MAINLY DRY CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NORTH.

THE 2015 WATER YEAR IS NOW WELL UNDERWAY. THE OCTOBER 2014 THROUGH
MARCH 2015 AVERAGE STATEWIDE PRECIPITATION WAS 108 PERCENT OF
NORMAL...THE 42ND WETTEST ON RECORD.

THE LATEST U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP FOR NEW MEXICO CAN BE FOUND AT
HTTP://DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/HOME/STATEDROUGHTMONITOR.ASPX?NM

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

ALL PUBLIC RECREATION AREAS ARE OPEN IN NEW MEXICO.

PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR A LISTING OF FIRE RESTRICTIONS...
HTTP://PUBLICLANDS.ORG/EXPLORE/INDEX.PHP?PLICSTATE=NM

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

MARCH 2015 WAS VERY WARM WITH AN AVERAGE STATEWIDE TEMPERATURE
OF 47.7 DEGRESS WHICH WAS 4.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS WAS TIED
FOR THE 10TH WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD. THROUGH THE FIRST THREE MONTHS
OF 2015 THE AVERAGE STATEWIDE TEMPERATURE OF 41.6 DEGREES RANKS AS
THE 9TH WARMEST ON RECORD.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...

THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER OUTLOOK FOR NEW MEXICO FOR THE
REST OF THE SPRING SEASON INTO THE EARLY SUMMER...MAY THROUGH
JULY...FAVORS ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE ENTIRE STATE.
THE TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FAVORS BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES OVER THE
EASTERN HALF OF NEW MEXICO WITH EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...NEAR
NORMAL...OR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR WESTERN NEW MEXICO.

PLEASE SEE THE ENSO DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION ISSUED BY THE NWS CLIMATE
PREDICTION CENTER AT...

HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/PRODUCTS/ANALYSIS_MONITORING
/ENSO_ADVISORY/ENSODISC.PDF

PLEASE SEE A DETAILED VERSION FOR ENSO: RECENT EVOLUTION...
CURRENT STATUS AND PREDICTION AT...

WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/PRODUCTS/ANLAYSIS_MONITORING/LANINA/
ENSO_EVOLUTION-STATUS-FCSTS-WEB.PDF

FOR THE LATEST WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE NORTHERN TWO THIRDS OF
NEW MEXICO PLEASE SEE THE NWS WFO ALBUQUERQUE WEB SITE AT...
HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/ABQ

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

RESERVOIR STORAGE REMAINS WELL BELOW NORMAL AT NEARLY ALL LAKES IN
NEW MEXICO...WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SEVERAL STORAGE LOCATIONS ALONG
THE PECOS RIVER BASIN. THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE IS JUST 26 PERCENT OF
CAPACITY AS OF APRIL 1ST.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED IN MID TO LATE MAY 2015 OR SOONER IF
NECESSARY IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN WEATHER...WATER
SUPPLY...OR DROUGHT CONDITIONS.

RELATED WEB SITES...

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT OR PAST DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY
BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/

U.S DROUGHT MONITOR...HTTP://DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML
NWS PRECIPITATION ANALYSIS PAGE...HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV
PUBLIC LANDS INFORMATION CENTER...
HTTP://PUBLICLANDS.ORG/FIRENEWS/PRESSRELEASES/NM.PHP
CLIMATOLOGY AND PALEOCLIMATOLOGY LINKS...
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/WHATIS/CLIMLINKS.HTM
WESTERN REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER...
HTTP://WWW.WRCC.DRI.EDU/INDEX.HTML
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/
ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...
NWS...HTTP://AHPS.SRH.NOAA.GOV/INDEX.PHP?WFO=ABQ
USGS...HTTP://WATERDATA.USGS.GOV/NM/NWIS/CURRENT?TYPE=FLOW

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...

THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING
THE NOAA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA
CENTER...THE USDA...STATE AND REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTERS AND
THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT
INFORMATION STATEMENT...PLEASE CONTACT...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
2341 CLARK CARR LOOP SE
ALBUQUERQUE NM 87106
PHONE...505-244-9147
SR-ABQ.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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GUYER/JONES



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