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Short-term Drought Status Summary for June 2015

Note: The map to the left updates automatically on a weekly basis.

This summary below reflects changes from June 1 to June 30, 2015.

June was relatively wet across the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona, with precipitation 200 to 800% of normal. Many areas received an inch or more of rain. (Normal precipitation in June is typically less than 0.25”.) This led to improvement in northern Navajo and Apache counties with a reduction of severe and moderate drought and the introduction of abnormally dry status. Central Coconino County also saw areas of moderate drought replaced by abnormally dry conditions.

There were no changes in the drought status of southern Arizona. Further improvement is possible as the monsoon season has begun across the state.

This report was produced by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, July 6, 2015.


Prepared by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, May 5, 2015

The next update in early August will reflect the conditions of April, May and June.


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





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Long-term Drought Status Update: January - March 2015

There is no change to the long-term drought conditions across the state. The only drought free area continues to be the in the Lower Gila and Lower Colorado River basins in the southwestern part of the state. Northern Arizona is abnormally dry as that is where the tail end of the few winter storms crossed into Arizona.

Unfortunately the majority of our winter storms were relatively dry or relatively warm, so snowpack was minimal this year across the higher elevations of northern Arizona and the Mogollon Rim. Roosevelt Reservoir is only slightly lower than this time last year due to water conservation efforts, but the Colorado River reservoirs are expected to drop much lower than this time last year due to dry conditions on the Upper Colorado watershed.



  • Coming soon  - Arizona DroughtView -   a tool for collecting and displaying local drought impacts.
  • NASA launches soil moisture mapping satellite 1/31/2015.