A story on Quartz.com a couple of days ago warning of an impending catastrophic drought for California in the months ahead.
The NOAA “Drought Outlook” graphic that accompanied the story carries an ominous message for Arizona, too.
As you can see, a broad swath from northwestern Arizona, down and eastward across the southern belt of the state is expected to experience “persistent” or even more intense drought conditions.
The southernmost river depicted in Arizona is the Gila River. The Salt River joins it just west of Phoenix.
It is also worth noting that the Colorado River, which clips the northwest corner of Arizona where it carves through Grand Canyon, is tapped by our neighbors in Utah, Nevada, and California. Almost the entire states of Nevada and California are projected to experience intensifying drought.
As I reported in an earlier ScottsdaleTrails article, Arizona’s allotment comes to the south-central area via the Central Arizona Project (CAP) Canal, which delivers about 1/3 of the river flow to us.
Dwindling Colorado River Flows have already reduced reservoir levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell to near-trigger levels for federal drought measures to be implemented. These measures would seriously impact Arizona’s allotment.
Obviously, farmers at Yuma–one of the most productive winter produce regions in the country–could also be affected.