Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

N.M. Felt The Heat In 2000.

Byline: John Fleck Journal Staff Writer

Data Show Drought Has Ended in State

Despite a late autumn blast of cold, 2000 ended as one of the warmest years on record in New Mexico.

It continues a warming trend dating to the mid-1970s, with four of the 10 warmest years on record in Albuquerque coming in the past decade.

The second-warmest May on record capped the year, a month that brought drought and devastating forest fires to the state.

The cold October and November took the edge off what would otherwise have been a record warm year and also brought much-needed rain and snow.

Despite a single cold spell, December was also 2 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. …

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