Montrose has received up to an inch of rain during the past 72-hours and even more in some outlying areas. While the much needed moisture has helped fire conditions on the ground the long-term projections for the West and Southwest still call for drought.
The National Weather Service has released its new monthly report focused on Drought Outlook. In spite of recent monsoonal moisture, the report indicates that much of the Southwest appears to be shaping up for a long, hot, dry summer.
During the duration of July, robust monsoon thunderstorm activity is forecast to bring drought relief to southern Colorado, most of New Mexico, western Texas, and eastern Arizona, but may cause localized flash flooding in wildfire burn scar areas. In contrast, a hot, dry start to the month is expected to aggravate drought conditions in the desert Southwest and the northern Rockies.