National Drought Mitigation Center

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Native trees flagging, excessive irrigation needed in Sandoval County, New Mexico
12/1/2017 5:51:58 PM

Plants & Wildlife
Water Supply & Quality
Sandoval County, NM

Start Date: 11/28/2017 -  
Drought has set in here in the last 2 months with zero rain and unusual (record) warmth, sunny days, and low humidity. Soil moisture has dropped below 6"down, and native trees are starting to flag. Orchard irrigation continued to be necessary at twice the normal rate, and insects that usually would have died off by now are still active, like fruit flies, house flies, wasps, and mosquitoes. Fire danger has increased and smoke from several fires have clouded the skies to the east in the past month. Dry skin, eyes and mucous membranes continue to be a problem for people, along with loss of energy and vigor that comes with fighting dryness on a daily basis. Winter snow pack is already affected by this drought too, as there is zero snow on the ground in NM right now. This will affect next year's water supply and quality. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Placitas 3.8 ENE on 11/28/2017