The popular theory about an “El Nino” condition in the eastern Pacific Ocean is that it often encourages the production of a lot of winter rain and snow in the southern United States
The operative word here is “often.”
The news in recent weeks has included a deluge of headlines reflecting what millions of people across the country are wondering about (and hoping for):
Have the astonishing storms that have swept across the West since mid-December vanquished the drought at last?
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.
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.