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'Different Flavors Of Drought': What One Wet Summer Could Mean For Arizona's Megadrought

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 12:42pm

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One wet summer in Arizona is not going to be nearly enough to reverse the effects of the decades-long drought the region is facing. But there has been some incremental improvement.

On June 1, the U.S. Drought Monitor characterized at least half the state as experiencing exceptional drought — the worst condition possible on the scale.

As of Aug. 17, only one patch in northeastern Arizona was in the exceptional drought category.

And southeastern Arizona — which had been in the exceptional drought category on June 1 — had moved into the moderate drought category, a dramatic difference.


Mike Crimmins of University of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Science took part in a Southwest Drought Briefing on Aug. 24. The Show spoke with him to learn about some of his findings.

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