Monthly Drought Status Summary: APRIL 2021
April was very dry across Arizona, with most of the state receiving less than 25% of average precipitation. A few isolated locations in western and southern Coconino, northern Mohave, and central Pima counties received between 0.50 and 1.00 inches of precipitation. This was not enough rain or snow to improve drought conditions in the state.
The small area of Extreme Drought (D3) in Santa Cruz and southern Cochise County was degraded to Exceptional Drought (D4). This change decreased the area of the state in Extreme Drought from 31.8% to 28.8%, while the area in Exceptional Drought increased from 54.8% to 57.8%
Southern Yuma County remains out of drought; however, it is still Abnormally Dry (D0).
Wildfires have already begun with high winds, which is typical of the spring season. And while long-term weather forecasts suggest warmer than normal temperatures through the summer, these also suggest that parts of the state could receive beneficial monsoon rainfall.
This report was prepared by the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee on May 7, 2021. Arizona's short-term drought status map is updated during the first week of each month.