NASA Scientists: Drought disappearing for the short term, not long term

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – NASA scientists are using state of the art technology to monitor the drought that has plagued the Southwest.

Short term, New Mexico is doing much better, but when it comes to long term, NASA has some troubling predictions.

A year ago, New Mexico was dangerously dry, but relentless rainfall has been a welcomed relief. Maps monitoring drought show a big difference from a year ago.

Doug Morton, a NASA earth scientist, said, “There will be different winners and losers in terms of rainfall in 2015.”

NASA has 20 satellites looking down on Earth watching the weather.

“Animation shows those areas that will experience longer or more frequent and severe drought conditions in colors of brown and red and so under a warming climate, the projections are for more severe or frequent droughts in particular across the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico,” said Morton, illustrating drought projections through the year 2095.

Clay Anderson, Senior Forecaster with National Weather Service in Albuquerque said, “In New Mexico, we’re seeing a lot of precipitation this monsoon season. It’s really starting to ratchet up right about now which is climatologically our wettest time of year, kind of the last week in July, first week in August, that’s when we get a lot of rain.”

He said a strong El Niño, with those warmer than average waters in the Pacific, will likely boost precipitation in New Mexico, particularly the southern part of the state.

“At this point, we can say with high confidence that El Niño will persist all the way through the winter months and more than likely through the spring months as well, so that’s a strong signal for us,” he said.

“I would anticipate that by the end of the monsoon season that most of the state, if not the entire state, will be completely out of the drought,” Anderson said.

While New Mexico has plenty of precipitation on the way in the short term, NASA said the drought in California is still so serious that the entire state needs to be knee deep in water to make up for all of the lost water. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s