Heat, drought make for miserable combo for southwest US

New Mexico

Boaters navigate the shallow Rio Grande as it flows through Rio Rancho, New Mexico, on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. New Mexico and other southwestern states have been dealing with dry conditions and warmer temperatures this summer. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It’s grim news for the western U.S.

The latest maps show most of the southern half of the region is mired by drought, with the most extreme conditions centered over parts of Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado.

Some parts of Nevada have gone months without measurable rain.

New Mexico’s state climatologist says his state has its own problems, where drought has been compounded by dismal spring runoff and now a nearly nonexistent monsoon season.

Dave DuBois says many measures — such as precipitation, soil moisture and reservoir levels — are all below average in New Mexico and across the Southwest.

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