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Short-term Drought Status Summary for October 2017

The map to the left updates every Thursday. The summary below reflects changes during the month of October.

The monsoon season ended early followed by a very dry October with drought conditions around the state deteriorating specifically in the southern and eastern regions of Arizona. Due to the dry conditions some locations have seen a second wildfire season.

Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions have expanded throughout all of Apache, Navajo and northern Coconino counties as well as areas of La Paz, southern Mohave and Yavapai counties. Moderate Drought (D1) has also expanded to cover all of Pima, Pinal, most of Maricopa, Cochise, western Graham, southern Gila, central Navajo and Apache counties. In addition, severe Drought (D2) is now encompassing small areas of Pima, Cochise and most of Santa Cruz counties.


Prepared by the State Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, November 3, 2017.


Arizona’s long-term drought status map is updated quarterly. The long-term drought status for each watershed is determined by comparing the precipitation and streamflow percentiles for the past 24, 36 and 48 months to a 40 year historical record 

This report was prepared by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, November 3, 2017. The next update in early Februay will reflect the conditions of October, November and December.

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Long-term Drought Status Update: July - September 2017

The monsoon season rains were near average over much of the state. While some areas received below average precipitation, other locations were very wet.

Overall, the summer rainfall was not sufficient for improvements across the state with the Agua Fria watershed dropping from No Drought to Abnormally Dry (D0).

The winter outlook currently indicates somewhat better chances of below-average precipitation for the southwest with drought conditions likely to continue.



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