Monsoon season not expected to end drought in US Southwest

In this Feb. 18, 2018, file photo, sandbars fill the Rio Grande north of Albuquerque, N.M. Weather forecasters said sparse rainfall in the U.S. Southern Plains since autumn has caused drought conditions to worsen, especially in the Four Corners region of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. The U.S. Drought Monitor says moderate to extreme drought also persists in parts of Oklahoma and Texas. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY — The upcoming monsoon season in the nation’s Southwest is expected to be wetter than normal, but weather experts said Monday that even an exceptionally damp season is unlikely to lift the region’s annual rainfall to average levels.