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Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for New Mexico

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is updated each Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country. This map shows drought conditions across New Mexico using a five-category system, from Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions to Exceptional Drought (D4). The USDM is a joint effort of the National Drought Mitigation Center, USDA, and NOAA. Learn more.

The following state-specific drought impacts were compiled by the National Drought Mitigation Center. While these impacts are not exhaustive, they can help provide a clearer picture of drought in New Mexico. 

D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Soil moisture is low
  • Fire danger increases
98.0
of NM
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Livestock need supplemental feed and water
  • Burn bans and firework restrictions begin
92.6
of NM
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Pasture yield is limited; producers sell livestock
  • Irrigated crops are stunted; dryland crops are brown
  • Abundance and magnitude of wildfires may increase; fuel mitigation practices are in effect
88.3
of NM
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Livestock are suffering; producers are selling herds; feed costs are high; emergency Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) grazing is authorized; crop yields are low
  • Fire danger is extreme
  • Irrigation allotments decrease
64.2
of NM
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Federal lands begin to close for fire precautions; burn bans increase
  • No surface water is left for agriculture; farmers use private wells
  • Rio Grande and other large rivers are dry
33.3
of NM
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Soil moisture is low
  • Fire danger increases
97.9
of NM
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Livestock need supplemental feed and water
  • Burn bans and firework restrictions begin
93.4
of NM
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Pasture yield is limited; producers sell livestock
  • Irrigated crops are stunted; dryland crops are brown
  • Abundance and magnitude of wildfires may increase; fuel mitigation practices are in effect
88.8
of NM
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Livestock are suffering; producers are selling herds; feed costs are high; emergency Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) grazing is authorized; crop yields are low
  • Fire danger is extreme
  • Irrigation allotments decrease
64.8
of NM
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Federal lands begin to close for fire precautions; burn bans increase
  • No surface water is left for agriculture; farmers use private wells
  • Rio Grande and other large rivers are dry
33.3
of NM
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Soil moisture is low
  • Fire danger increases
100
of NM
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Livestock need supplemental feed and water
  • Burn bans and firework restrictions begin
99.7
of NM
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Pasture yield is limited; producers sell livestock
  • Irrigated crops are stunted; dryland crops are brown
  • Abundance and magnitude of wildfires may increase; fuel mitigation practices are in effect
96.9
of NM
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Livestock are suffering; producers are selling herds; feed costs are high; emergency Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) grazing is authorized; crop yields are low
  • Fire danger is extreme
  • Irrigation allotments decrease
77.5
of NM
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Federal lands begin to close for fire precautions; burn bans increase
  • No surface water is left for agriculture; farmers use private wells
  • Rio Grande and other large rivers are dry
47.8
of NM
98
people in New Mexico are affected by drought
33
counties with USDA disaster designations
52nd
wettest May was in 2021, over the past -2021 years
43rd
driest year to date was in 2021, over the past -2021 years

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Summary

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Drought in New Mexico from 2000–Present

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1–D4) in New Mexico lasted 329 weeks beginning on May 1, 2001, and ending on August 14, 2007. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of January 19, 2021, where D4 affected 54.27% of New Mexico land.