Long-term Drought Status Update: October - December 2013
Though precipitation was below average, the fall of 2013 was wet enough to bring some improvement to long-term drought in the watersheds along all the state borders, and there are no longer any watersheds in extreme drought. Central Arizona, however, saw improvement only in the Agua Fria watershed.
The improvements were due to several storms that moved slowly across the state in late November and December, bringing beneficial soaking rainfall as well as snow.
This is shaping up to be the third year in a row with below average precipitation. The current outlook for February through April shows better chances for above average temperatures and below average precipitation
Posted February 7, 2014
The report for January - March 2014 will be posted in early May.
The Monitoring Technical Committee meets quarterly to discuss drought conditions throughout the state and produce the long-term drought status map. 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.
Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee
The Monitoring Technical Committee is responsible for gathering data about Arizona drought, climate, and weather; producing drought status reports; and disseminating that information to land managers, policy-makers, and the public.
Arizona State University, http://azclimate.asu.edu/
Gary Woodall, National Weather Service, http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/psr/
Mike Crimmins, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, http://cals.arizona.edu/climate
Charlie Ester, Salt River Project, http://www.srpnet.com
Dino DeSimone, Natural Resources Conservation Service, http://www.az.nrcs.usda.gov/snow/
Gregg Garfin, University of Arizona -
Institute for the Study of Planet Earth
Arizona Division of Emergency Management
Chris Smith, U.S. Geological Survey, http://az.water.usgs.gov/drought