Monthly Drought Status Summary: July 2018
The monsoon activity began later than usual this summer and rainfall has been localized across much of the state with some locations receiving twice their normal amount and others remaining dry.
Rainfall has been plentiful along the Mogollon Rim, through western Coconino and northern Yavapai counties across to southern Navajo and northern Gila counties. This moisture has led to a removal of Exceptional Drought (D4) across the Rim, and reduction of Extreme Drought (D3) in western Coconino, northern Yavapai, eastern Pima and Pinal, and southern Apache counties.
The rain improved rangeland conditions in some areas and the humidity has slowed the spread of wildfires, though potential for significant flash flooding over the burn scars exists.
Substantial moisture deficits remain after the exceptionally dry winter and further improvements in drought conditions will require a robust monsoon season.