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New Mexico's drought problem

Drought conditions in the west | New Mexico’s long-term drought

Nearly 87% of the West is in a drought, but nowhere is it worse than in New Mexico, where trees are dying, crops are failing and the Rio Grande is running dry.

New Mexico’s rainfall has been below normal nearly half of the time since 2000. The state’s drought officially began in 2010. The chart below uses data from the Jornada Experimental Range near Las Cruces, N.M.

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