It's so dry. Places which had some moisture, or even, briefly, standing water last year, are now all cracked and distraught looking.
Last years mini-weeds sit tight, perhaps still alive:
We should have had at least two or three inches of moisture this year, by now. There has been hardly a measurable amount. Albuquerque had about 0.19 so far. The zone North East of us, the area which experienced the Dust Bowl, has had less rain this year than at any time since those years.