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La Nina La Niña  
n.
A cooling of the ocean surface off the western coast of South America, occurring periodically every 4 to 12 years and affecting Pacific and other weather patterns.
 expected to weaken

The latest drought forecast shows southeastern New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S).  is in a worse position this week than one year ago when it comes to a lack of moisture.

But weather forecasters and water managers say there are signs the La Nina weather pattern that has helped push moisture from the state for the past two winters will continue weakening this spring.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Polasko says no one should jump to the conclusion that New Mexico is in for a hot, dry summer. He says it would be unusual for a third year of La Nina.

For the next five days, Polasko says the only places that can expect some rain is southeastern New Mexico and the east-central plains.

He says temperatures will warm up, plants will be blooming and New Mexicans can expect to catch spring fever spring fever Vox populi A constellation of mental changes–eg, brighter mood, positive attitude, joie de vivre, that accompany longer, sunnier days in spring. See Heliotherapy. Cf Bright light therapy, Seasonal affective disorder. .

SEC won't prosecute ex-officials

The Securities and Exchange Commission has notified two former state officials that it has finished an investigation of New Mexico investments and will not prosecute them.

Former educational pension board chairman Bruce Malott on Thursday released a copy of a letter sent earlier this month from the SEC stating that no enforcement action will be taken against him.

Former State Investment Officer Gary Bland confirmed that he has received two similar letters from the federal agency.

The SEC and the U.S. Attorney's Office have been investigating investments by the State Investment Council and Educational Retirement Board. A lawsuit by the Investment Council contends Bland and others steered investments to political supporters of former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson This article or section contains information about one or more candidates in an upcoming or ongoing election.
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Bland says he did nothing wrong and has sued the State Investment Council for damages.
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Publication:The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM)
Geographic Code:1U8NM
Date:Mar 23, 2012
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