The 103-day dry streak is concerning

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It could be awhile before Arizona sees snow or rain. (Source: mycola / 123RF Stock Photo) It could be awhile before Arizona sees snow or rain. (Source: mycola / 123RF Stock Photo)
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Water planners are beginning to get a little bit concerned about the lack of snow we’ve seen so far around the U.S. in the snowfall season.

Roughly 15 percent of the contiguous 48 states has any snow at all. Most of that is in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies.

In Arizona, the snowpack information is quite stunning. There is none according to the National Weather Service.

[MOBILE/APP USERS: Click tap here for photo of snow depth in Arizona]

Well, there is a bit of man-made snow at Snowbowl, but that doesn’t count. And right now, it doesn’t look like we’ll see any snow for at least the next two weeks. And unless we get a big change in the La Niña Weather pattern, we may not see a major snow this month.The update 30-day outlook for the rest of December does not bring much hope. There’s a strong signal for much warmer than normal temperatures and a fairly strong signal we’ll stay dry.

 [MOBILE/APP USERS: Click tap here for photo of the December outlook for precipitation]

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And when you stretch that out over three months through February, things seem a bit bleak. For us, the winter should be warm and dry. And that means we may have to deal with more air pollution issues than most winters.

[MOBILE/APP USERS: Click tap here for photo of seasonal outlook for precipitation for the U.S.] 

[MOBILE/APP USERS: Click tap here for photo of seasonal outlook for the U.S. for temperatures]

We’re told that even if we have a very dry winter, our reservoirs have enough water for 2018. But we always wonder just how long that will be if we start to return to severe drought in Arizona.

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