- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The numbers are in and forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say September was a good month for New Mexico.

The state received 190 percent of its average rainfall last month. In all, an average of more than 3 inches fell across the state.

While last September ranked as the seventh wettest on record, state and federal officials said Tuesday during a monthly meeting that long-term drought is still a problem in New Mexico and that soil moistures have yet to recover.

Counting the last three years, the officials say New Mexico still has a rainfall deficit of more than 5 inches.

Forecasters say things could improve if predictions for winter precipitation hold true. The predictions are calling for above-normal precipitation across much of New Mexico through February.

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