Monthly Drought Status Summary: November 2017
Since the end of the monsoon season in mid-September, the State has received virtually no rainfall, causing drought to expand across Arizona.
All parts of the State are now in some level of drought: Mohave, La Paz, Yavapai, and Coconino counties are Abnormally Dry (D0) with some areas of Moderate Drought (D1) in northern and southern Coconino as well as southern Yavapai and La Paz counties. All other counties are in Moderate Drought, except Santa Cruz, which is in Severe Drought (D2).
The winter storm pattern that typically moves into the State in late October and through November has stayed well north of Arizona, leaving the State much warmer and drier than normal for this time of year. Heading through the winter, the odds of recovering the rain and snow deficits already established are not very good.
At the end of each month, the MTC produces the 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.