October precipitation was below average to record driest in Arizona, with the driest conditions occurring in the southwestern corner of the state, and temperatures were above average to much-above average. However, the current forecast also suggests this will remain a weak La Niña event, for which correlations to below-average winter precipitation in the Southwest are not as evident.
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