FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — It’s not a good situation across the Desert Southwest.
They have been dealing with extreme heat and no rain which is a bad combination to an already drought stricken area.
It’s hard to believe that a few months ago, the state of Arizona was nearly drought-free.
Now, parts of Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado are dealing with a severe drought.
Meanwhile, the West remained dry. The feeble Southwest monsoon isn't helping.#Drought2020’s Footprint: 28.0% of the USA
— NIDIS Drought.gov (@DroughtGov) August 6, 2020
According to the National Weather Service, July 2020 was the hottest month on record for Phoenix and hardly any rain fell in the area.
July is typically wet due to the monsoon season that runs until September 30.
From June 15 to August 10, Phoenix, Arizona picked up .10” of rainfall which is currently the third driest on record.
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) August 11, 2020
The weather balloon launched Wednesday morning proved the atmosphere is the driest it has been in the 20 year period of record in Phoenix.
Here's more evidence of how dry the 2020 Monsoon is. This plot shows the mean "precipitable water", or total moisture in the atmosphere, from morning weather balloons between July 1 and Aug 11.
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) August 12, 2020
It is so dry, dust advisories have been issued frequently by the National Weather Service.
Per the @NWSPhoenix there's a dust storm advisory in effect until 8:15 p.m. for parts of Maricopa County (including Ahwatukee and Chandler).
— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) August 12, 2020
Unfortunately no soaking rain is in the forecast for Phoenix.
It is expected to stay sunny and dry with high temperatures over 110 degrees over the next few days.
Believe it or not, Phoenix has had over 35 days of temperatures at or over 110 degrees which is a record.
Will this year in Phoenix end up #1 for number of 100+ °F days? We already are #1 for number of 110+ °F days and we broke the record again today, which now brings us to a total of 35 110+ °F days this year! #azwx pic.twitter.com/Wsx8TxyCzI
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) August 10, 2020