The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that drought conditions in the southwest are easing, thanks to above-average precipitation.
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.
Human-driven climate change is adding intensity to drought -- characterized as the "next pandemic" by the United Nations. In the Western states, it is predicted that the current drought will continue...
The Southwest United States is facing the driest mega-drought in 1200 years, prolonging low water levels in Lake Mead and other areas.