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Drought persists in some parts of New Mexico despite September rains


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Heavy rain and flooding have hammered parts of New Mexico over the past week, but all the moisture hasn't been enough to end the drought.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say the southern third of New Mexico has seen 200 percent or more of its average rainfall so far this month, but nearly 70 percent of the state is still dealing with some degree of drought.

Despite September's rains and close-to-average precipitation in August, New Mexico is still behind 6.86 inches when the last three years are factored in.

Forecasters say there's at least a 60 percent chance of an El Nino weather pattern developing this fall and winter. That means New Mexico could be in line for some more moisture.

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