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Short-term Drought Status Summary for November 2016

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

Arizona’s short-term drought conditions have not changed over the past month.

The three storm systems that moved through the state in November provided just enough moisture to prevent an intensification of the drought, but not enough to improve conditions around the state.

The Colorado Plateau has been wetter than normal, but the western and southeast parts of the state were quite dry in November. Unless there is a continued winter storm activity in the next couple of weeks, conditions are expected to degrade.

Prepared by the State Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, December 2, 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, November 7, 2016. The next update in early February will reflect the conditions of October, November and December.

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Long-term Drought Status Update: July - September 2016

While El Niño was very strong, as measured by sea surface temperatures, the atmospheric circulation, which typically brings these strong winter storms into Arizona, did not develop. From January through March, these storm systems stayed mostly north of Arizona.

Flagstaff received near average precipitation over the winter, but the White Mountains, central, and southern Arizona were drier than normal.

The monsoon brought much needed rainfall to southeastern Arizona, however the precipitation did not make up the long-term moisture deficit. Therefore, there is no change to the long-term drought status.



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