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Southwest Drought Briefing

Sep 16
September 16, 2021
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Colorado River running through the Grand Canyon

The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that nearly all of the Southwest is experiencing some level of drought. Recent monsoonal rain has improved drought conditions, but extreme and exceptional drought still persists for much of the region. This short drought briefing focused on drought conditions for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada, followed by the seasonal outlook and an overview of forecast products from the Climate Prediction Center.


  • Drought Conditions Update: Steph McAfee, UN-Reno, Nevada State Climatologist
  • Highlight of Climate Prediction Center Forecasts: Jon Gottschalck, NOAA Climate Prediction Center