SANTA FE (AP) – May has been an unusual month for drought-stricken New Mexico, with cool and wet storms throughout the state keeping wildfire season in check.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a combination of factors are contributing to the latest weather trend. Experts say the arrival of El Nino and the early winter melting of snowpacks have brought some relief and increased hopes for a wet summer.
Meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Kerry Jones, says another reason for the increased moisture is that there isn’t much delay between the storm systems, which keeps things wet.
He says wetter and cooler weather is having a hold on the spring wildfire season and is not only hitting New Mexico, but the entire region.