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Short-term Drought Status Summary for March 2015

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

This summary below reflects changes from March 3 to March 31, 2015.

March was not a wet month, but sufficient precipitation fell in most parts of the state to prevent dryness from increasing. However, the White Mountains of eastern Arizona were very dry in March leading to a worsening drought condition. As a result, southern Navajo and Apache counties, as well as northeastern Gila and northern Greenlee counties, were downgraded from moderate drought (D1) to severe drought (D2).

This report was produced by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, April 13, 2015.


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: October - December 2014

The early winter precipitation in December and January had its greatest impact on southern Arizona, with most of the southern watersheds improving by one category. This followed heavy precipitation in these watersheds during the monsoon, and the combination has led to their improvement in this seasonal update.

In northern Arizona, the fall and early winter precipitation in most cases is near average, however much of the precipitation has been falling as rain rather than snow below 9000 feet. As a result, the outlook for spring run-off and water supply is not showing much improvement.

Prepared by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, February 9, 2015

The next update in early May will reflect the conditions of January, February and March.




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