- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Less than 4 percent of New Mexico is in drought according to the most recent data, but officials expect that number to jump next month.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2eiQmof ) that at Thursday’s meeting of the New Mexico Drought Monitoring Workgroup officials said that percentage will increase after the latest data has been analyzed thanks to a particularly dry October.

National Weather Service Senior Hydrologist Royce Fontenot says current drought numbers are low after an average September, but in October topsoil moisture has been dropping dramatically.

Current data shows 4 percent of the state is in moderate drought, about half is abnormally dry and about 46 percent is free of drought or abnormally dry conditions.

State climatologist Dave DuBois says expansion of abnormally dry or drought conditions is likely, especially in the east-central part of the state.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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