Monthly Drought Status Summary: APRIL 2019
There have been few short-term drought improvements in April due to the relatively dry conditions. Minimal precipitation in the northeast and southwest quarters of the state left Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions in western Yuma, eastern Coconino, Navajo and central Apache counties. Moderate Drought (D1) continues in northern Apache County.
East central and southeastern Arizona received significant rainfall during April and abnormally dry conditions have been removed from Greenlee County. Small lakes and stock ponds are nearly full in many parts of the state. Wildfire danger is likely to increase due to the dry and windy conditions in May and June, leading to vegetation dying and becoming fine fuels. Arizona is entering its driest season and short-term drought improvements are not likely until the monsoon season begins.
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.