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Southwest Climate Blog

The Southwest Climate Blog, a new feature of the Southwest Climate Change Network Web site, will explore challenges that experts and community members in the region face in trying to understand climate variability and change and make informed decisions.

Posted by Jessica Conroy on August 3, 2011

Many of us have seen the seasonal outlooks issued by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) forecasters. These predictions are extremely important to those who have to make choices based on...

Posted by Jonathan Overpeck on July 22, 2011

It’s nice that the monsoon rains have come again to Arizona and the Southwest, although the monsoon season never lasts forever. Meanwhile, the bigger weather story is the American heat wave...

Posted by Jessica Conroy on July 12, 2011

The giant dust storm that enveloped Phoenix last week captured the nation’s attention. Although it was a dramatic sight,...

Posted by Jonathan Overpeck on July 5, 2011

Even before this weekend’s record heat in Arizona, climate and weather extremes have been in the news a lot. Unusually severe drought in the Southwest, stretching through Texas, started it...

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Posted by Jessica Conroy on June 30, 2011

Sometimes I think if people had ready access to easy-to-understand climate data, it would go a long way toward progressing our discussion of the reality of climate change, the need to adapt to...

Posted by Zack Guido on June 20, 2011

As fires rage in Arizona and New Mexico and drought intensifies and spreads, the questions on everyone’s mind are: Will the monsoon deliver copious rains like it did in 2006, or will it...

Posted by Jessica Conroy on June 13, 2011

We’re all itching to know if the monsoon will deliver this year, especially with the record wildfires, the widespread drought, and the closure of national forests across Arizona and New...

Posted by Zack Guido on June 1, 2011

Weather conditions that favor extreme fire potential have three things in common: high winds, low moisture in the atmosphere, and a parched landscape. Mike Crimmins, climate extension specialist...

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Posted by Jessica Conroy on May 25, 2011

The La Niña of 2010-2011 brought extreme drought to many parts of the Southwest. Luckily, the respite of monsoon rains is (hopefully) only a month or so away. But could last year’s La...

Posted by Jessica Conroy on May 10, 2011

The impact of tropical Pacific ocean temperatures on the hydroclimate of the Southwest is profound: on timescales of 2-8 years, El Niño and La Niña events influence the amount of...

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