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New Mexico sees improvements in short-term drought thanks to recent rains

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Recent rains are easing the pain of drought across New Mexico.

The latest map released by federal forecasters highlights a spot in southeastern New Mexico where drought has disappeared.

The area represents less than 2 percent of the state, but the development is significant since it has been more than two years since an area that large or larger has been drought-free.

There are still pockets where extreme drought is holding on in the northwest and southwest, but those areas have been shrinking. More than one-third of New Mexico was dealing with extreme to exceptional drought three months ago. Now, it's just over 7 percent.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say the best chance for rain this weekend is in the mountains and across the east.

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