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Drought in
Residents in drought: 34,000

124,000 more in abnormally dry areas.

This is: 1%

of the state’s population,
1% 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 May 21, 2019.

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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
11.7% 16.1%
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Some damage to crops, pastures
  • Some water shortages developing
  • Voluntary water-use restrictions requested
4.4% 4.4%
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crop or pasture loss likely
  • Water shortages common
  • Water restrictions imposed
0.0% 0.0%
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Major crop/pasture losses
  • Widespread water shortages or restrictions
0.0% 0.0%
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Exceptional and widespread crop/pasture losses
  • Shortages of water creating water emergencies
0.0% 0.0%
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Drought in Arizona
from 2000 - 2019

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, Arizona is currently experiencing the longest duration of drought (D1-D4), which as of May 21st, 2019 has lasted 510 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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