NM Climate Center

Welcome to the Office of the New Mexico State Climatologist. This website provides weather and climate information to our community members. Below are the most current precipitation and drought maps for New Mexico.

Current Daily Precipitation

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network provides daily precipitation data for all 50 states in the United States. Data is gathered by volunteers with rain gauges in their back yards. Figure 1 displays an up-to-date precipitation map of New Mexico. For more information about CoCoRaHS or to sign-up as a volunteer, please visit our CoCoRaHS page.

Map of the daily CoCoRaHS precipitation in New Mexico.
Figure 1. Source: CoCoRaHS

Drought Status

Our office participates in providing data and ground truth observations to the US Drought Monitor every week. From this information, the Drought Monitor generates a contoured nationwide map where the color of the contours describes the severity of the drought. Figure 2 displays the current drought status for New Mexico. To view the current drought status for New Mexico, please visit our drought status page. To view a drought time-series, please visit our time-series page.

Map of the current drought status in New Mexico.
Figure 2. The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL. Source: US Drought Monitor

Latest Blog Entries

January 13, 2017

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August 24, 2016

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August 01, 2016

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