Unfortunately, the article includes some highly questionable comments:
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The next problem is when they talk about systems 'never" recovering (cropped headline at top and elsewhere):
This next quote also unfortunate:
The last three years have been the driest and warmest since record-keeping began here in 1895. ... a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said even the state's recent above-average monsoon rains "won't make a dent" in the drought; deficits will require several years of normal rainfall to erase, should normal rain ever arrive.
Should "normal rain ever arrive"? Won't make a dent? As recently as two weeks ago, the climate change crowd was telling Kansans (experiencing the same drought as New Mexico, see darkest red area on map above) that this drought was due to climate change and using the same apocalyptic language . Here is just the most recent of many examples. Another example is here. And, here.
Since that July 25 meeting (first link) about climate change and the Kansas drought occurred, parts of Kansas have received more than eight inches above normal rainfall! Lake Cheney, the source of most of Wichita's drinking water, has gone from 59% full to 99.81% full as of tonight (don't worry, there is plenty of reserve for flood control) as the summer progressed.
In other words, the climate change crowd was hugely wrong again. How wrong? Look at this headline:
About every twenty years, especially in the odd-numbered decades, there is a major drought somewhere in the Plains or Southwest. Sure enough, the past three years have been extremely dry in many areas. But, the fact that this drought has occurred "on schedule" (i.e., in an odd-numbered decade) is evidence the climate has not changed.
As in Kansas, rainfall has been above normal over most of New Mexico. Some areas have received more than five inches (same scale as Kansas map above).
Additional rains are forecast for the next five days:
I don't know when the drought will end in New Mexico, but it will eventually end just like the drought in Kansas has ended or is ending (depending on part of the state). I certainly hope it is in time to keep the damage from increasing. That said, there is no real evidence this drought is due to global warming.