Farmers hopeful winter will bring more snow

Posted at: 01/01/2014 1:25 PM
By: The Associated Press

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Farmers in southern New Mexico are looking to this winter for more snow as they try to recover from what was a historically dismal irrigation season in 2013.
Snowpack levels in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico are being closely watched. So far, they're better than last year.
The water engineer for the Elephant Butte Irrigation District, Phil King, tells the Las Cruces Sun-News that despite the early snow, there's no indication this season will offer anything close to a full supply of water.
A federal report released Monday shows the Upper Rio Grande Basin is about 90 percent of normal for this time of year. That's down from over 100 percent in early December.
Experts say most of the recent storms seem to be skirting too far north or are starved of moisture.
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