- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Conservation officials say the snowpack in New Mexico’s mountains is rebounding from last year’s dismal showing.

The New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/22Pz1Yv ) that the Natural Resources Conservation Service released an initial water supply forecast Thursday that shows every one of the state’s river basins with an above-average snowpack.

December’s snowfall pushed precipitation totals for the month to 137 percent of the 30-year average.

The abundant snow is good news for New Mexico’s ski industry, farmers and municipal water managers.

Meteorologists say the strong El Nino weather pattern is responsible for increased moisture in the Southwest.

The Natural resources Conservation Service will release a new water supply forecast each month until May. It will use the latest snow survey data to predict how much water will be available through summer.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com


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