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Short-term Drought Status Summary for January 2016

The map to the left updates every Thursday. The summary below reflects changes during the month of January.

Rain and snowfall due to a strong storm system that moved through the state from January 4th through the 10th brought short term drought relief to some parts of the state, although precipitation was not uniformly distributed. This has led to improvement in southern Gila County and across northern Arizona, primarily in Navajo, eastern Coconino and northern Apache counties. In some rangeland areas, precipitation filled stock ponds and saturated the soils, however, some areas in the northwestern part of the state have been consistently missed by both rainfall and snowfall for quite some time.

We anticipate that the precipitation will continue over the next few months as El Niño remains strong. If the precipitation continues as expected through March, there will be more short-term drought improvement.

Prepared by the State Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, February 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, January 28, 2016. The next update in early May will reflect the conditions of January, February and March.

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Long-term Drought Status Update: October - December 2015

Early winter precipitation occurred in some parts of the state, but has not resulted in sufficient accumulation to warrant long-term drought improvement.

While streamflow is near normal in some areas, it is below average in many parts of the state, and snow pack is not sufficient to indicate improvement in water resources.

Aquifer recharge is slow across much of Arizona and groundwater resources will be reassessed in spring after the snowmelt has begun.



  • Coming soon  - Arizona DroughtView -   a tool for collecting and displaying local drought impacts.
  • NASA launches soil moisture mapping satellite 1/31/2015.