Monthly Drought Status Summary: January 2018
Extremely dry conditions were present across the state during January, resulting in insufficient snowpack levels. Severe Drought (D2) has been expanded through most of central and southern Arizona as well as across the northern border. In addition, extreme Drought (D3) has been introduced into Santa Cruz, southern Navajo, Apache and Pima counties.
January temperatures were warmer than normal across most of the state leading to substantial evaporation from stock ponds and rangeland.
Odds point towards a continuation of warmer and drier than average weather this February, especially during the first half of the month.
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.