The Aug 10 U.S. Drought Monitor reveals improved conditions in the Colorado River Basin states, though suppressed monsoons heighten concerns in the West.
August saw above-average rainfall in parts of the southwest, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and the trend brought by monsoon weather is expected to continue.
Piling rocks in front of a breached dam is not a permanent fix, as a small community in Arizona is learning this monsoon season.
July's monsoons brought record-breaking levels of rain to Arizona, bringing a more favorable drought outlook for the month of August. While the drought is not over, the monsoons have certainly helped.