Socorro, New Mexico, USA on Flickr.
Over a year ago in February 2011, the temperature plunged from -15 degrees to -20 degrees F. throughout the middle Rio Grande valley—the coldest temperatures ever recorded in this region of the northern Chihuahuan Desert. Thousands of people were left without natural gas for cooking and to heat their homes because of weather-caused shortages.
Extreme drought and intense heat over the remaining months of 2011 led to die off of vast areas of creosotebush and cholla cactus. By year’s end New Mexico had experienced its hottest summer in 117 years and its 7th driest year.
Connecting the dots in New Mexico,