Monthly Drought Status Summary: August 2019
Both July and August have been quite dry across most of the state with isolated showers and thunderstorms. The August short-term drought map reflects the return of drought conditions in Arizona.
The northern two-thirds of Arizona are now either Abnormally Dry (D0) or in Moderate Drought (D1). Only Santa Cruz, Pima and Graham counties remain essentially drought-free as the monsoon has been most active in southern Arizona.
Although El Niño has decayed, there are some weak signals that the next couple of months could be wetter than average across the state. However, above normal rainfall may not amount to a substantial accumulation as Arizona enters a drier time of year.
At the end of each month, the MTC produces the web-based, short-term drought status update based on U.S. Drought Monitor's maps for the past four weeks. An email with the latest map and summary is sent to interested parties.