How A Productive Burst Of Winter Moisture May (Or May Not) Impact Drought In The Southwest

Recently Arizona Water News asked Arizona State Climatologist Erinanne Saffell, as well as Mark O’Malley, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service, to provide some expert analysis of the spate of early-to-mid-winter storms that have made for a surprisingly wet winter in the West thus far.

Arizona Weather And Climate Experts Report On The Moisture Conditions In The Southwest

As the saying goes, very few things in life are guaranteed. Nevertheless, that short list of life’s guarantees just got a wee bit longer:

The chances that the panel of experts that analyzes Arizona’s drought status would recommend a “drought’s over!” finding this fall were about as close to zero as you could get.

With Third-Straight “La Niña” Likely, Drought Panel Recommends Continuing Drought Status

The State panel charged with making recommendations to Arizona’s Governor about drought status met early in May and concluded – to absolutely no one’s surprise – that Arizona remains locked in the chronic drought conditions that have plagued the Southwest for more than two decades.

Unfortunately, it gets worse than that. Indications are that the mountain snowpack expected to accumulate during the approaching fall and winter may prove to be as disappointing as the last two.