Recent rainfall does little for New Mexico’s escape from drought

A view of the dam at Brantley Lake.

Heavy rains in the Carlsbad area and southeast New Mexico could signal reprieve from drought that imperiled the area in the last year.

But experts warned the area is not out of it yet as the region and entire state struggles to recover from severe impacts to farmers and ranchers and the environment.

Data from the National Weather Service showed the Carlsbad area received about 0.76 inches of rainfall in May as of Thursday, about a quarter of its total rainfall of about 3 inches through the year so far.

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Rainfall this year appeared well on pace to overtake 2020’s annual total of 3.65 inches and could match the 10.5 inches of rain that fell in 2019, per Weather Service data.