American Association of State Climatologists BannerThe New Mexico Climate Center is an American Association of State Climatologists (AASC) recognized state climate office.  We are based at the main campus of New Mexico State University, where we work to provide climate related information to our local community. Our office is also responsible for the maintenance of a state-wide agricultural weather station network, which helps our agricultural based community and our research scientists.

Current Daily Precipitation

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network provides daily precipitation data for all 50 states in the United States.  Data is gathered by volunteers with rain gauges in their back yards.  Figure 1 displays an up-to-date precipitation map of New Mexico. For more information about CoCoRaHS or to sign-up as a volunteer, please visit our CoCoRaHS page.

Map of the daily CoCoRaHS precipitation in New Mexico.

Figure 1. Source: CoCoRaHS and NM Climate Center.

Drought Status

Our office participates in providing data and ground truth observations to the US Drought Monitor every week.  From this information, the Drought Monitor generates a contoured nationwide map where the color of the contours describes the severity of the drought. Figure 2 displays the current drought status for New Mexico. To view the current drought status for New Mexico, please visit our drought status page.  To view a drought time-series, pleas visit our time-series page.

Map of the current drought status in New Mexico.

Figure 2. The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL. Source: US Drought Monitor

More Information

We are constantly striving to add new features to our website by refining our current data tools and by developing new tools. As development continues, we will be updating our website to reflect the new features. In the meantime, please visit our more popular features: The weather webcams, and the weather station data lister.