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Condition Monitoring Report  
Station Number: NM-SN-45
Station Name: Placitas 3.8 ENE
Report Date: 6/30/2020
Submitted: 6/30/2020 7:12 AM
Scale Bar: Severely Dry
With only a scant 1/4" of rain spread out over the month of June, and evaporation many times that rate, we continue to be in a hard drought.  That is just if you look at the month of June in isolation, but of course June is connected to the months preceeding it and the months to follow.  The soil moisture in the top 2 feet has completely dried out. Native Juniper and Pinon Pine trees continue to flag and die off.  Wildlife are coming in from the hills and mountains to residential areas to find food and water.  Native grasslands have cured out and there is no green left, even on roadsides. 
Fire danger is off the charts high, and we had many smoky days this month from large wildfires in AZ.  
Irrigation is a daily excercise in some form or another, and when you think you've caught up, you have to start all over again.  Moisture loss in plants and soil is extreme right now with high temps., high UV index, regular windy days, extremely low RH values in the single digits for 8 hrs./day on average, and little if any night time recovery.  
Water supply is tenuous at best with the Middle Rio Grande Conservation District hoping for good monsoon rains to stave off water delivery restrictions in the coming months. 
Categories: General Awareness
Plants & Wildlife
Water Supply & Quality