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Short-term Drought Status Summary for November 2014

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The following drought status summary for the month of November reflects changes as of the December 2, 2014 Drought Monitor below.

During the month of November, most of the state received less than 25% of average precipitation following a very wet monsoon. Although conditions were drier than normal, the heavy summer rainfall delayed some fall impacts of the continuing drought. High pressure dominated the weather pattern over the southwest, and the storm systems moving through California in the first week of December were not expected to bring significant precipitation to Arizona. The seasonal outlook calls for an increased chance of above average precipitation for Arizona in December through February, as a weak El Niño continues to develop. Until the precipitation arrives, the drought conditions are likely to intensify over the next few weeks

This report was produced by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, December 2, 2014.



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Long-term Drought Status Update: July - September 2014

Monsoon precipitation brought improvements to long-term drought, most notably in the Verde, Agua Fria, and Lower Colorado River watersheds. These three watersheds all improved by one category, and one watershed (Lower Colorado) has no drought.

The very wet monsoon likely caused some improvement on many other watersheds in central and southern Arizona (such as the San Pedro), but not enough to compensate for longer term drought conditions over the entire watershed.

The next update in early February will reflect the conditions of October, November and December.

Prepared by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, November 4, 2014

Method for Determining Long-term Drought Status

Method for Determining Drought Categories

When Adjacent Watersheds Differ by Two or More Categories