/ Modified sep 20, 2016 2:01 p.m.

Monsoon Rains Ease Arizona Drought Conditions

Climatologists looking for signs of La Niña conditions

Catalina Highway, Monsoon Monsoon clouds build over the Catalina Highway.
AZPM Staff


A normal-to-above-normal monsoon season in 2016 has reduced drought conditions in much of Arizona. Climate forecasters are waiting to see if a La Niña phenomenon develops, which would bring drier conditions.

Much of Arizona is classified as abnormally dry, the least intense category. The southwestern corner is in moderate to severe drought conditions and a section of eastern Arizona in a moderate drought.

“The past year seems to have been wet for Arizona. You have received some beneficial rainfalls, whereas last year at about the same time there was more coverage of moderate drought and even severe drought over some parts of the state,” said Matthew Rosencrans, head of forecast operations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Rosencrans says forecasters are keeping an eye on the Pacific Ocean to see if La Niña weather pattern will develop. That would bring warmer and drier conditions to the state.

By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona