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Did recent rainfall help Arizona's drought?

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TUCSON - Barring a March miracle, it doesn't look like Arizona will escape the drought before wildfire season.

Rain totals for the month and year would appear to indicate some hope for making a dent in this drought pattern. The 2018 to date rain total for Tucson has exceeded the average by 0.15". The February value has reached 1.07" above the average.

Despite the recent rainfall, there has been no reduction in the drought. As of February 22nd, roughly 9% of the state remains in extreme drought status, while 73% of Arizona is in severe drought.

Tucson's rainfall since October is running 1.65" below that. Since August, the Old Pueblo remains a staggering 3.56" below the average.

For southern Arizona to break out of its drought, approximately 6.5" of rainfall will be needed by April. This appears very unlikely to happen. Tucson's average March rainfall is 0.73".

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