TUCSON - For the first time in over 4 years, parts of Arizona are in exceptional drought conditions.
As of late last week, the US Drought Monitor shows over 90% of the state is in severe drought status. Nearly half of Arizona is under extreme drought, including all of Santa Cruz County & portions of Pima and Cochise Counties.
Even more troubling: 4% of Arizona has reached the exceptional drought category, which is the highest intensity possible. This includes central Navajo County. Exceptional drought has not occurred in Arizona since September 2013, when only 2% of the state fell in that category.
Tucson has received no measurable rainfall this month. Through April 15th, the Old Pueblo is running a yearly rainfall deficit of 0.76". Going back to October, this deficit balloons to over 2.50"
Southern Arizona would need approximately 6 inches of rainfall in one month to fully break out of the drought. Long range forecasts continue to indicate warm & dry conditions for the Grand Canyon State through Spring.