Drought situation eases in the southwest

US Drought Monitor map released March 2, 2023
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March 3, 2023 – The US Drought MonitorOpens in a new tab.‘s map released yesterday shows that western United States’ drought conditions are easing.

Most of the western states have experienced drought since 1999, with the most recent 3-year period of drought lowering groundwater and reservoir levels.  Above-average snow and precipitation since December have eased the situation.

Abnormal dryness and drought levels have shrunk in California, Montana, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Half of California is now free of droughtOpens in a new tab., although groundwater levels remain a problem.

Utah has improved in soil moisture and mountain snowpack, but groundwater and many reservoirs remain low.

The Drought Monitor forecasts more precipitation this week, with Pacific weather systems will follow during March 2-7, bringing half an inch or more of precipitation to the West Coast and higher elevations of the West.




Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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