Moderate snow continues to fall for some areas of northern El Paso and Teller Counties, accumulating in the grass and yards. Meanwhile, in the plains and along the southern I-25 stretch, light rain/snow mix continues. Take it slow on the roadways - due to VERY strong winds, we are seeing blowing dirt and snow (depending on the region), which is tremendously reducing visibility. Click on the Weather tab for more information on the forecast.
But they warn precipitation probably won't return to normal any time soon.
Assistant state climatologist Nolan Doesken and federal drought experts say 2002 appears to be the worst year of the current drought cycle. The 12 months from October of last year until September of this year were the driest on record when measured by stream flow.
Doeskin says it's rare for a drought to produce two record years in a row. That's one reason he and others think the drought has bottomed out.
But previous droughts have continued after their worst year, sometimes for five more years.
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Source: www.nws.noaa.gov (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) contributed to this report