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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 June 2014 reflects the changes as of the July 1, 2014 Drought Monitor.

June was dry in most areas of the state as we awaited the start of monsoon activity. Fire danger remained high statewide into the 4th of July holiday weekend. Severe drought expanded in southeastern Arizona, moving into northern Graham, northern Greenlee, and southern Apache counties. Western Pinal also saw expansion of severe drought. In northern Arizona, severe drought was introduced into Yavapai County.
A sharp increase in humidity in early July should help ease the fire danger, as the monsoon gets into full swing.

This report was produced by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, July 7, 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.





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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,

Long-term Drought Status Update: October - December 2013

The late fall and early winter storms in November and December are responsible for most of the precipitation thus far in the water year (October 1 —September 30). That moisture led to some improvements to the long term drought conditions in January. However, the last three months have been extremely dry statewide, and that has resulted in downgrading the watersheds in northern, central and eastern Arizona.

The Lower Colorado, Lower Gila, San Simon, San Pedro, and Willcox Playa watershed in southern Arizona had no change, mostly due to the fact that they receive very little of their annual precipitation in the winter. The only area with no drought is Yuma and southern La Paz counties, and the lower Gila is borderline at abnormally dry.

The next update in July will reflect the spring conditions, and is not expected to show much improvement, as April through June are our driest months of the year.

Posted July 7, 2014

The report for April - June 2014 will be posted in early August.


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.



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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