12/8/2013 6:00:00 AM 15-year Arizona drought likely to continue
(AP) - Officials say summer monsoons and a wet November did help Arizona store a healthy water supply.
But the Arizona Republic reported that federal forecasters said Friday the state isn't likely to see any respite next year from a drought that has gripped Arizona for almost 15 years.
Meteorologists examining long-term weather patterns say the water currents in the Pacific Ocean indicate good odds that this winter will be slightly drier than the norm.
National Weather Service drought specialist Mark O'Malley says the regions can expect more of a "Nada" - a winter of neutral influences from mid-ocean temperatures. Last month, most of the state got its usual monthly rain total in just one steady, four-day rain.