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Short-term Drought Status Summary for August 2016

The larger map updates every Thursday. The summary below reflects changes during the month of August.

Although the monsoon rainfall has been quite heavy in some locations, such as parts of southeastern Arizona, it has been quite sparse in southwestern Arizona. Overall, there has been only minimal changes to the drought status across the state during August.

The rainfall has been sporadic and localized, so many areas have not experienced large accumulations for the summer. The most recent storms from Hurricane Newton moisture brought significant rainfall to the southeastern counties and will likely result in some drought improvement in the coming weeks. The Mogollon Rim and eastern Coconino County have also had a relatively wet summer and may show some improvement once the impacts are analyzed.

Prepared by the State Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, September 8, 2016.


Arizona’s long-term drought status map is updated quarterly. The 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 

This report was prepared by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, August 4, 2016. The next update in early November will reflect the conditions of July, August and September.

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Long-term Drought Status Update: April - June 2016

There are no changes to the long-term drought status in Arizona. Winter was drier than normal in much of the state, particularly in southern Arizona, causing several watersheds to move into the abnormally dry category.

Spring produced local pockets of wetter than normal conditions, however snow pack over higher terrain ended the season on a poor note. Long term drought status focuses on state water resources and precipitation during the first half of the calendar year proved insufficient to allow for long term drought improvement.

The monsoon has been quite localized so far, having little impact on reservoirs or aquifers, and its effects on the long-term drought will be evaluated after September.



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