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Drought in
Arizona
Residents in drought: 2,516,000

3,877,000 more in abnormally dry areas.

This is: 39%

of the state’s population,
61% more in abnormally dry areas.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a map that shows the location and intensity of drought across the country. The data is updated each Tuesday and released on Thursday. This map shows the drought conditions on December 11, 2018.

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D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Short-term dryness slowing planting, growth of crops
  • Some lingering water deficits
  • Pastures or crops not fully recovered
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Some damage to crops, pastures
  • Some water shortages developing
  • Voluntary water-use restrictions requested
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crop or pasture loss likely
  • Water shortages common
  • Water restrictions imposed
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Major crop/pasture losses
  • Widespread water shortages or restrictions
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Exceptional and widespread crop/pasture losses
  • Shortages of water creating water emergencies
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Drought in Arizona
from 2000 - 2018

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, Arizona is currently experiencing the longest duration of drought (D1-D4), which as of December 11th, 2018 has lasted 487 weeks beginning on August 18, 2009. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of July 9, 2002 where D4 affected 36.15% of Arizona land.

 

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