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Short-term Drought Status Summary for August 2017

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

The monsoon has eliminated short-term drought conditions from northern Arizona, which is now free of drought as is central Arizona.

The rainfall was quite localized in the southern part of the state with thunderstorm activity concentrated in the southeast and higher elevations.

Lack of substantial precipitation in the southwest left Yuma and western Pima counties drier than normal for the summer and a large area of moderate drought conditions (D1) persist in southwestern Arizona.

Prepared by the State Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, September 8, 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, August 4, 2017. The next update in early November will reflect the conditions of July, August and September.

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Long-term Drought Status Update: April - June 2017

The long-term map shows that drought conditions deteriorated on the little Colorado River watershed from no drought to abnormally dry (D0) and on the San Pedro watershed from abnormally dry to moderate drought (D1). This is largely due to the continuous dry conditions in these areas since last year’s monsoon.

It’s likely that the San Pedro and some of the other neighboring watersheds may improve after this monsoon season as this is usually the wet time of year for the southern watersheds.



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