Monthly Drought Status Summary: AUGUST 2023
August temperatures were much above average in most counties, while Mohave, Coconino, and northern Apache and Navajo counties had near to slightly above normal temperatures. The remnants of tropical cyclone Hilary impacted western Yuma, Mohave, and Coconino counties, leaving these areas in the top 10% of August precipitation. Most of the state remained very dry, and Maricopa and Gila counties experienced much below average August precipitation.
Severe (D2) short-term drought returned to the state (18% total), largely in central and southeastern counties. Moderate (D1) short-term drought expanded into Apache and Pinal counties, southern Navajo and Coconino counties, and portions of Pima county (29% of state), while fully removed in Yuma and La Paz counties and most of Mohave county. The rest of the state had Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions (44% of state) or no drought (9% of state).
El Nino conditions continue to mature across the tropical Pacific, and will reach at least moderate strength over the winter. However, forecasts only indicate a modest tilt in odds towards wetter than normal weather later in the winter season.
This report was prepared by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee on September 13, 2023. Arizona's short-term drought status map is updated during the first week of each month.