With more rain on the way, monsoon moisture eases Sonora’s drought for now
Neighboring Sonora has seen a lot of rainfall in recent weeks, and it’s easing the state’s critical drought situation. For now.
Over the early summer, it was easy to find Sonora on the national water commission’s drought monitor map: It was the state covered almost uniformly in brown and red, the colors indicating severe and extreme drought.
Now, according to the most recent map, all but the state’s northern border with Arizona is free of drought. Just five municipalities of the state’s 72 are showing severe drought, and another 12 have moderate drought, according to federal data.
Dam levels have also been rising, and officials have been releasing water from the El Novillo reservoir — one of Hermosillo’s key supplies — as it nears capacity.
Esta tarde la #Conagua en coordinación con @CFEmx abrió las compuertas de #Presa Plutarco Elías Calles para la extracción de 380 m3/s, y por la obra de toma se continuará turbinando 170 m3/s, con un gasto total de 550 m3/s. según la normatividad vigente pic.twitter.com/qkHJnaMeHG— @Conagua_Sonora (@Conagua_Sonora) September 6, 2022