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NOAA Predicts Southwest To Experience Significant Drought Conditions

The Southwest is projected to experience the most significant spring drought since 2013. A new report from climatologists at NOAA says the drought is due to La Niña and a failed 2020 summer monsoon.  The projected drought conditions will affect approximately 74 million people.

"The Southwest U.S., which is already experiencing widespread severe to exceptional drought, will remain the hardest hit region in the U.S., and water supply will continue to be a concern this spring in these drought-affected areas," Mary Erickson, deputy director of the National Weather Service, said in the report. "This is a major change from recent years where millions were impacted by severe flooding. Nonetheless, NOAA's forecasts and outlooks will continue to serve as a resource for emergency managers and community decision-makers as they navigate all potential extreme seasonal weather and water events."

But some good news is that the National Weather Service is forecasting a wetter Arizona summer, with above normal precipitation from June through August.

Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.