Quarterly Drought Status Update: APRIL-JUNE 2021
The long-term drought has intensified and expanded across the state. Severe (D2) drought spread across southern La Paz County and southeastern Cochise County, with little Moderate (D1) drought remaining anywhere across the state.
Extreme (D3) drought spread through southeastern Yuma County, southwestern Maricopa County, southern Navajo and Apache Counties, north-central Cochise County, and much of Santa Cruz County.
Exceptional (D4) drought expanded into much of Mohave County, western Coconino County, north-central Navajo and Apache Counties, with some deepening in Pinal, Graham, and Greenlee Counties.
A La Niña Watch has been issued for the upcoming fall and winter, potentially resulting in another cool season of below average precipitation.
This report was prepared by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee, July 13, 2021. Arizona's long-term drought status map is updated quarterly and the next update in early October, it will reflect the conditions of July, August and September. The long-term drought status for each watershed is determined by comparing the precipitation and streamflow percentiles for the past 24, 36, 48 and 60 months to a 40-year historical record.