Four Corners drought goes beyond extreme; no relief in sight

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Four Corners drought goes beyond extreme; no relief in sight

Conditions are worst in Four Corners and panhandles
The U.S. Drought Monitor lists Montezuma and La Plata counties as being in “exceptional drought” – the most critical drought category. Dry dirt can be found in abundance across Southwest Colorado, including on farms and ranches, where wind can cause dust storms and further evaporate any remaining moisture.
Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

The San Juan Mountains, usually snow-covered in April, are mostly bare as drought conditions have intensified in the Four Corners.
Sandbars fill the Rio Grande north of Albuquerque on Feb. 8. Forecasters said Monday that drought conditions across the Southwest are contributing to a wildfire threat.
The Four Corners area of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah is in “exceptional drought,” the worst of five levels ranging from “abnormally dry to “exceptional drought.”
Part of the burn area south of Seiling, Oklahoma. Recent showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the Southwest, but dry weather will persist through the summer. Forecasters say it will last at least through July, with some improvement east of a line from Albuquerque to Denver.
A long-term U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook map released April 19 predicts drought conditions will persist at least until July 31.

Four Corners drought goes beyond extreme; no relief in sight

The U.S. Drought Monitor lists Montezuma and La Plata counties as being in “exceptional drought” – the most critical drought category. Dry dirt can be found in abundance across Southwest Colorado, including on farms and ranches, where wind can cause dust storms and further evaporate any remaining moisture.
Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

The San Juan Mountains, usually snow-covered in April, are mostly bare as drought conditions have intensified in the Four Corners.
Sandbars fill the Rio Grande north of Albuquerque on Feb. 8. Forecasters said Monday that drought conditions across the Southwest are contributing to a wildfire threat.
The Four Corners area of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah is in “exceptional drought,” the worst of five levels ranging from “abnormally dry to “exceptional drought.”
Part of the burn area south of Seiling, Oklahoma. Recent showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the Southwest, but dry weather will persist through the summer. Forecasters say it will last at least through July, with some improvement east of a line from Albuquerque to Denver.
A long-term U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook map released April 19 predicts drought conditions will persist at least until July 31.
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