Arizona Drought

Rainy and snowy winter helping AZ drought

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The snowpack from the winter storms is helping Arizona's drought conditions. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The snowpack from the winter storms is helping Arizona's drought conditions. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
2 drought maps show the improvements in the High Country. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) 2 drought maps show the improvements in the High Country. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Arizona still needs more rain to get out of the drought. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arizona still needs more rain to get out of the drought. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Storms have been rolling through Arizona recently, bringing rain to the deserts and snow to the mountains.

However, it doesn't mean the drought is over.

"We've been dealing with drought conditions since the late '90s," said Warren Tenney, executive director of AMWUA. 

Arizona is an arid state and we are used to dealing with extreme climate issues.

"We've known for a long time you better manage your water well," said Tenney.

The recent series of storms have been great news when you compare the drought map from 2016 to this year.

"It’s good to see mother nature helping us out," said Tenney.

Mother Nature has been putting snow in locations that can increase our water supply.

"Yeah, it's snowing in the right places. We just need more of it," said Tenney.

And as long as the weather stays cold during the next two months, the snowpack won't melt early and that will help even more.

"It allows for the ground to take in more water and once the ground is well saturated then you have better runoff," said Tenney.

That means more water into our streams and reservoirs that we use for water.

Although this is good news, it's only been a few months of good precipitation. We need more.

"The amount and type of drought that we've had, it's gonna take a number of years of good precipitation before we can say, 'Oh we're out of the drought,'" said Tenney.

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An award-winning journalist, Ashlee has worn many hats in her career, one-woman-band, executive producer, anchor, reporter and morning traffic reporter. However, her main focus and passion is weather.

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