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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 Jonathan Overpeck on November 4, 2011

How many of you noticed that the Earth’s human population hit seven billion on October 31, 2011? On Halloween - just a coincidence. We don’t really know the exact moment that we hit...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on October 27, 2011

Imagine living on a small coral reef island known as an atoll, slightly over one square mile in size, with a population of 500. Then imagine learning that everything you know, your home, your...

Posted by Betsy Woodhouse on October 17, 2011

Climate change affects everyone on the globe, even residents of countries that emit very small quantities of greenhouse gases. Such a global issue might seem to require a global response. Indeed,...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on October 7, 2011

Residents of the Southwest know the consequences of flooding all too well. Every year during the monsoon season, Arizona and New Mexico experience numerous storms that result in flooding,...

Posted by Zack Guido on September 27, 2011

After a bang-up start around July 4, the 2011 monsoon ended up being pretty lackluster. Most of the Southwest received below-average rainfall in part because the monsoon high parked over Texas and...

Posted by Diane Thompson on September 21, 2011

As discussed in previous blogs (May 10, May 25, Aug 16), there is a clear link between conditions in...

Posted by Jessica Conroy on September 7, 2011

Luckily, we’re pretty landlocked here in the Southwest, so unlike the East Coast, we don’t have to worry about hurricanes causing massive flooding and downing trees and power lines. Or...

Posted by Sarah Truebe on August 25, 2011

The monsoon is in full swing here in Tucson! Unfortunately, compared to the last two summers, this monsoon is looking somewhat better, but not by much (see recent...

Posted by Mike Crimmins on August 16, 2011

Mounting evidence points to a possible return of La Niña this fall. This is not good news for the Southwest where severe to exceptional drought conditions already cover much of Arizona and...