Monthly Drought Status Summary: DECEMBER 2020
While December precipitation was minimal, drought conditions in the northeast corner of the state, primarily around the Chuska Mountains in northern Apache County, were improved by the few storms that passed through Arizona.
This led to a slight reduction in the extent of Exceptional Drought (D4), from 77% of the state at the beginning of December to 73% at the end, with a corresponding increase in Extreme Drought (D3) from 16% of the state to 21%.
Persistent dry conditions this winter have led to a lack of substantial forage and low stock ponds and water catchments, potentially impacting livestock and wildlife.
This report was prepared by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee on January 13, 2021. Arizona's short-term drought status map is updated during the first week of each month.