Short-term Drought Status Summary
Note: the U.S. Drought Monitor to the left updates automatically on a weekly basis.
The following drought status summary for February 2014 reflects the changes as of the February 25, 2014 Drought Monitor.
February was dry statewide with most areas receiving no precipitation at all, and snowpack is below normal at the end of the month.
The continued dryness since late December has led to expansion of moderate drought throughout the state and the introduction of severe drought in the southeast. The area of no drought in the southwest has been reduced, as La Paz county is now abnormally dry.
We are in our third consecutive dry winter, and the unseasonably warm conditions statewide have exacerbated the drought leading to concerns for widespread, increased wildfire potential.
This report was produced by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, February 28, 2014.
For regional and national drought status updates, visit the U.S. Drought Monitor.
For Western Region Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).ou
For current fire restrictions in Arizona, visit the Southwest Coordination Center.