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Have this year's monsoon rains made a dent in the drought?

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PHOENIX -

It's been a pretty wet monsoon season so far. But it is enough to put a dent in the drought that's been plaguing Arizona for the past decade?

We turned to an expert -- state climatologist Nancy Selover -- to help us figure it out.

"Up until this past week we haven't had much precipitation at all. We were actually very much down below 50 percent. Now we've caught up and we're just about even but that's only because of these last storms," said Selover.

Well, that's good. But if you look at our long term drought, not so good.

Selover: "What really matters is what happens on the Salt and Verde watershed up here because that's where our reservoir system pick up the snow pack... We're talking the Mogollon Rim the White Mountains in eastern Arizona along the Verde in this area. That's where we pick up the snow pack, fills the reservoirs, and helps recharge the groundwater system which we depend on."

Linda: "So it doesn't matter how much rain falls right now, it's what happens come winter in this area that will impact our drought situation?"

Selover: "For us in the Phoenix area."

Linda: "So bottom line the monsoon rain we like it, we love it, but doesn't help us with our drought long term. it doesn't help us with our drought long term."

Selover: "We'll take everything we can get any time we can get it. But in terms of ground water and water resources the winter snow pack is really what we need."

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