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Parts of Ariz. show decline in drought levels

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The Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Many areas of Arizona are seeing less of a drought after a wet summer of monsoon storms, but the state overall is in the 20th year of a long-term drought.

The latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows parts of Northern Arizona are no longer under drought watch.

State Climatologist Nancy Selover said Tuesday that the greater Flagstaff area as well as northern parts of Gila County and Yavapai County got a significant bump in precipitation the last few months.

Selover says, however, that northern Arizona could easily slide back if winter turns out to be drier.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that metropolitan Phoenix and some parts of southern Arizona went from being at severe drought levels to just abnormally dry.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.

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