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This drought map is current for June 12, 2012.

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Driven away by drought: Dry conditions affecting animals and humans alike

Today is the official the start of the North American Monsoon according to the National Weather Service, although Arizona's parched landscape gives no indication of rain in sight and Prescott hasn't seen a drop since April.Meteorologists and climatologists from the Weather Service and University of Arizona gathered Thursday for a monsoon forecast briefing via the Web.All of Arizona is in some kind of drought right now, and 83 percent of that drought is severe or worse.