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Short-term Drought Status Summary  

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

The following drought status summary for March 2014 reflects the changes as of the April 1, 2014 Drought Monitor.

Early March saw our wettest storm this calendar year. Although precipitation totals were above 100% of normal for central and southeastern Arizona and the Rim country, and near normal in a few isolated portions of Mohave County, drought status did not improve due to the warm, dry winter. By the end of the month, the entire state saw below average precipitation for this time of year.

The unseasonably warm conditions and the recent wind combined with the dryness led to downgrading Yuma County from no drought to abnormally dry. Northern Coconino County was also downgraded, from abnormally dry to moderate drought. All areas of the state are now in some state of drought.

The early winter rains led to green-up of a lot of vegetation that is now dried out and poses a significant wildfire hazard. While there is some chance of early April storms, April through June is normally very dry across Arizona. High fire danger is likely to continue until the monsoon.

This report was produced by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, April 4, 2014. The Monitoring Technical Committee confers weekly to advise the U.S. Drought Monitor authors on the current conditions in Arizona. The U.S. Drought Monitor is the official record of drought for Federal drought relief claims. At the end of each month, the Monitoring Technical Committee produces the short-term drought status summary above, based on U.S. Drought Monitor maps for the past four weeks.








Method for Determining Long-term Drought Status

Method for Determining Drought Categories

When Adjacent Watersheds Differ by Two or More Categories


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2006 - 2012 Drought Status Reports

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.


Co Chairs:

Nancy Selover, Arizona State University,

Gary Woodall, National Weather Service,


Mike Crimmins, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, 

Charlie Ester, Salt River Project, 

Dino DeSimone, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 

Gregg Garfin, University of Arizona - Institute for the Study of Planet Earth 

Paul Culberson, Arizona Division of Emergency Management 

Chris Smith, U.S. Geological Survey,