Drought still gripping New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - There has been enough rain in New Mexico to lessen wildfire danger and to cause flooding, but it's still dry.

A map released Thursday by federal climatologists shows a big swath of severe and exceptional drought stretching across the central third of the state into the northern corners.

New Mexico still holds the top spot in the nation when it comes to having the most widespread and severe case of drought, but the map shows a slight improvement for a second consecutive week due to the rain.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Brent Wachter says rainfall in the Albuquerque and Clayton areas is above average this month. Roswell is just below average.

New Mexico won't see the end to the drought this monsoon season, but Wachter says the rain is poking holes in the drought's intensity.

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