PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Scientists said this week's storms could finally solve Arizona's longlasting drought.

"(Water) will percolate through the soil and end up in the reservoirs, so when we want to break a drought. This is exactly the storm we want to see," said ASU Climate Professor Randy Cerviny.

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According to The National Drought Mitigation Center, less than half of Arizona is now designated as being in a drought.

That compared to the entire state being in a drought status as recently as August 2018.

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Scientists said it is the first time since 1997 Arizona has been primed to snap out of a longtime drought.


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(3) comments

JF Conlon

Hasn't this drought been going on for fifteen years, more or less? ONE storm will fix it???! Maybe even fix the climate change, you know, the one only scientists believe in (but not trump)?

Big Rich

"(Water) will percolate through the soil and end up in the reservoirs, so when we want to break a drought.

What does that even mean?...Can someone translate that into English please?


Heavy rain tends to run off quickly, filling reservoirs but allowing the water to evaporate once hot weather hits. With heavy, lingering snow, the snow will melt gradually and instead of running off, will seep into the ground. As it seeps, it will eventually find its way into either the water table (good for wells) or emerge to form streams, then rivers. Instead of evaporating quickly, it will fill reservoirs more slowly.

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