Monthly Drought Status Summary: June 2019
May and June are typically the driest months in Arizona, but this year precipitation was reported for both months at many places around the State, continuing the wet winter pattern that Arizona has enjoyed during the past nine months.
Rain (and snow at the highest elevations) at the end of May and scattered rain showers in northern and eastern Arizona in June led to the removal of Moderate Drought (D1) from northeastern Arizona and pulling back Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions from Coconino, Navajo, and Yuma counties.
Currently only 4.69% of the State is Abnormally Dry, while the rest of the State is free of drought in the short-term. This means that rainfall was sufficient to fill stock ponds and grow grass and forage on the rangelands, and many streams are flowing with greater volume than normal for late spring.
However, Arizona’s water resources are still impacted by long-term drought after many years of below average precipitation resulting in the depletion of Arizona’s reservoirs and aquifers.
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.