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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 Sarah LeRoy on January 18, 2013

Happy New Year! Wow, 2012 was eventful: President Obama was re-elected for a second term, Felix Baumgartner was the first person to break the sound barrier while skydiving, and Curiosity landed...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on December 11, 2012

While recording our November podcast a couple weeks after Hurricane Sandy pummeled the eastern seaboard, Gregg Garfin, assistant professor and...

Posted by Jonathan Overpeck on November 13, 2012

¡Hola! I’ve been on sabbatical in Latin America for the last several months, and will be moving to Melbourne In January to work with, and learn from, the terrific climate scientists...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on November 1, 2012

Earlier this year all the hype was about the developing El Niño. In July, forecasters were projecting at least a moderate El Niño event this winter, which would likely bring above-...

Posted by Jeremy Weiss on October 18, 2012

…is the opening track on Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album from 1969. The song was a difficult experiment...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on October 7, 2012

The monsoon started off with a bang earlier this summer, bringing what seemed like above-average precipitation to many parts of the Southwest. I remember thinking, “this is what it was like...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on September 23, 2012

Arctic sea ice, much of which melts every summer and refreezes every winter, has overall been declining in extent over the past 30 years—another signal of global warming. In a typical melt...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on September 4, 2012

As high temperatures and drought blanket the country, Americans are witnessing more and more extreme weather this year, on top of the multiple billion-dollar disasters we experienced last year. It...

Posted by Melanie Lenart on August 27, 2012

I thought I was leaving the extremes of the southwestern desert behind as I traveled to the so-called temperate climate of the Midwest and the balmy tropics of Puerto Rico. But those areas, like...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on August 21, 2012

This past weekend I was bombarded by a plethora of climate change information and images in a variety of art forms—film, magazine, and TV. I was thrilled! In one day, I saw a movie with...

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