After a lengthy 18-years, New Mexico is now free of drought, as of Aug. 22, 2017, across the entire state, at least for the short term. The Land of Enchantment has enjoyed this year’s ongoing monsoon season, which has lifted the state out of extreme dryness and has reaped benefits for many in Roosevelt and Curry County.
According to the United States Drought Monitor, released each week by The National Drought Mitigation Center, New Mexico is currently at a striking 0% of dryness. Although some areas, like northern NM, are receiving less rainfall than Roosevelt and Curry County; there are no signs of extreme or abnormal dryness across the board.
One member of the eastern New Mexico community has made the best of the recent rainfall, jumping on opportunities for jobs involving lawn care around town. “I’m out here taking advantage of the rain we’ve had. Grass and weeds are growing fast and there’s a lot of work that can be done,” said Tyler Cantor, a young self-starter in Roosevelt County that has received several lawn mowing jobs from friends, family, and friends of the family in a mere couple of days. “When I was younger my dad would tell me to go door to door to mow lawns and make some extra money, and now I’ve been doing it without him having to make me,” said Cantor.
This time last year, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed that New Mexico was in a staggering course of 86% dryness, while 27% was in moderate drought, and 1% was in severe drought. Conditions have slowly improved after an abnormally dry period that peaked in 2013. Though rainfall has been generous to the area, NM is currently the only state in the southwest that is clear of drought.
Areas of Roosevelt County have seen up to 8 inches of rainfall in the month of Aug. and Sept. may not be much different as monsoon season carries on until Sept. 30, 2017.