VALLEY THIRST

Nearly 94 percent of Arizona is in a drought

Mar 19, 2014, 4:30 PM | Updated: 4:30 pm

PHOENIX — According to statistics, 2014 has been a better year for Arizona’s drought conditions, but those numbers are all relative.

On March 11, 2013, nearly 97 percent of the state was experiencing mild to exceptional drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. One year later, that number has dropped a small amount to 93.77 percent, and just a week ago, that number was just over 93.8 percent.

The majority of the state — 77.26 percent — is experiencing Moderate Drought status. For over a year, no parts of Arizona have been considered in the Exceptional Drought range; however, nearly 5.2 percent of the state is an Extreme Drought, a figure that is more than double what it was back in March 2013.

There is no rainfall expected in the Valley for the next 10 days.

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Nearly 94 percent of Arizona is in a drought