KJZZ is a service of Rio Salado College, and Maricopa Community Colleges
Privacy Policy | FCC Public File | Contest Rules
Copyright © 2024 KJZZ/Rio Salado College/MCCCD
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

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

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.

More Stories From KJZZ