Southwest Climate Outlook December 2003

Date issued

Drought status conditions for the southwestern United States are identical to conditions last month, as reported by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Compared to this time last year, drought status in northern Arizona dropped from exceptional to extreme status. Southwestern Arizona drought status has also decreased, going from extreme drought status to moderate or better. Drought index values and satellite vegetation health indicates for locations in Southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, indicate continued extreme to exceptional drought conditions and vegetation stress. U.S. Drought monitor status for New Mexico looks much worse than it did at this time last year. Whereas last year only the northwestern corner of the state was declared to be in severe to exceptional drought status, this year severe conditions represent the low end of the range throughout the state. Most of the area deemed din extreme drought this year was in abnormally dry to moderate condition at this time last year. Especially dry conditions have been observed in southeastern New Mexico, where locations such as Carlsbad and Roswell have registered November 12-month Standardized precipitation Index values lower than any item in the past 8 years.

Published by the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), with support from University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, the Arizona State Climate Office, and the New Mexico State Climate office.

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