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Short-term Drought Status Summary for June 2017

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

June was extremely dry across Arizona, which is typical for this time of year, with only a few light showers in the White Mountains, the far northeast and the southeast. The rest of the state received minimal precipitation with less than 25% of normal rainfall causing abnormally dry conditions (D0) to expand across west central Arizona. Storms that did develop were fairly sparse and lightning sparked numerous wildfires across the state.

Monsoon moisture has moved into northern Mexico, but hasn’t fully arrived into Arizona. Once the large-scale monsoon activity begins, there will be some relief from the excessive heat and wildfires, which have been a common feature around the state these last several weeks.

Prepared by the State Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, July 7, 2017.


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, May 5, 2017. The next update in early August will reflect the conditions of April, May and June.

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Long-term Drought Status Update: January - March 2017

The winter storms in January and February combined with the earlier storms in November and December brought significant rain and snow to northern and central Arizona.

The relatively heavy winter precipitation has finally improved many watersheds that were bordering an improvement over the past six months or longer.

Long-term drought and water supply conditions in northern Arizona and the Salt River watersheds are much better than they were over the past six to ten years. However, this winter was still not as wet as in late 1980s and early 1990s, before this drought began, and abnormally dry conditions still persist in many parts of the state.



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