Feb 20, 2014 12:13 PM by John Patrick

From 2013 snow to the 2014 expanding drought

TUCSON - One year ago today Tucson was blanketed by a layer snow but this year there is still no precipitation in sight.

February 20, 2013 was the last time the Old Pueblo saw snow, exactly one year ago. The official measurement at Tucson International Airport was 2 inches but many locations saw much more than that.

Many remember the day making for a white Accenture Match Play or a muddy Tucson Rodeo but fast forward one year later and these event organizers are much happier with the warmth and sunshine drawing bigger crowds.

Tucson will shoot for a daytime high of 75° this afternoon with light winds and sunny skies. A small warm up is forecast for this weekend with the low 80s returning by Saturday. Cloud cover will also be on the rise heading into this weekend with partly cloudy skies back by Saturday but no precipitation will join the clouds.

We are going on three weeks without measurable rainfall here in Tucson and even than we only recorded 0.01" at TIA. It's no surprise that drought conditions are worsening across Arizona as the U.S. Drought Monitor releases this week's numbers.

7% of the state is now experiencing Extreme Drought conditions including parts of Pima, Pinal, Graham and Cochise Counties. Severe Drought conditions have increased 18% in just the last week with 57% of the state including Tucson experiencing these conditions.

Drought conditions are expected to expand with a warm and dry forecast heading into next week. Check out your True View 4 extended forecast by clicking here.


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