Last weekend's (Nov. 22nd-23rd) heavy rains were a respite for the region's land, wildlife and people. You can still see their byproducts in some of the region's mountain streams and creeks. I went birdwatching yesterday along Florida Canyon east of Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains, and the canyon's flow was rich and continuous.

But this new graphic from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) shows that Southern Arizona's ongoing drought will persist if not worsen over the coming month.

Much of northern Arizona, New Mexico, west Texas, eastern Colorado,  western Kansas and Nebraska and California and Nevada face the same outlook. The graphic is from NOAA's monthly Drought Monitor. Much of Utah's drought will improve this month, however, the map shows, so if you like rain with your December cold, consider a trip northward.