National Drought Mitigation Center

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Trees stressed in Sandoval County, New Mexico
11/3/2017 7:12:49 PM

Plants & Wildlife
Sandoval County, NM

Start Date: 11/2/2017 -  
Other than the first few days of October, the month has been a shutout for rain. The mild temperatures have helped moderate the dryness, but a few windstorms along with low humidities have really dried out the land and made it difficult to keep fall crops adequately watered. Soil moisture has fallen below 6" deep, so the slight green up from the one week of rain in Sept. is now gone. Hard baked and dry ground is not a great start for winter, it's a set up for "double death": the death of drought + the death of winter cold. Native grasses have stopped growing for both reasons, trees are stressed and rabbits are coming in to forage on gardens. Allergies to pollen continue to be a problem for people, and the dry air does not help those suffering with nasal congestion. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Placitas 3.8 ENE on 11/2/2017