That snow was nice, but not enough
In other words, the drought isn’t over. According to the Thursday (Oct. 18) edition of the U.S. Drought Monitor, Northern New Mexico is currently experiencing the worst drought conditions of any place in the county. The seasonal outlook, which covers the time period between now and January, shows that the drought will likely continue but improve. The spring of
2017 was the lowest levels of drought in New Mexico in several years, but drought conditions throughout 2018 were pronounced, with rivers big and small drying up. Though an early snow (Oct. 15-16) got many people excited, the mountains around Taos only saw a few inches. The National Weather Service office in Albuquerque reports that the Taos Powderhorn, a remote weather station near TSV, showed an
8-inch depth of snow by Oct.
16: an admirable start, considering the same location had 1 inch of snow throughout all of October last year.