Monsoon does little relieve southeast New Mexico ranchers

Farmers and ranchers in southeast New Mexico are not declaring victory from drought yet, even though heavy summer monsoon storms were reported continuously since late spring.

Powerful rains throughout the summer led to flooding in Carlsbad and throughout the region, causing weather experts to suggest the region was moving beyond a more-than-year-long drought that imperiled agriculture producers and choked the region’s vegetation.

Matthew Johnson, meteorologist at the National Weather Service Midland-Odessa Office said the region appeared in recovery from drought based on recent rainfall.

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The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor showed drought conditions had receded from much of eastern New Mexico as of Sept 14, including the southeast region.

Eddy County had mostly no drought conditions with the lowest class, abnormally dry, reported along its northern and western borders, and the northwest corner of the county showing moderate drought conditions – the second class.