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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 Zack Guido on August 13, 2013

In a testimony to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on July 18, 2013, Franklin Nutter, President of the Reinsurance Association of America, called on federal legislators to...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on February 23, 2012

Who can forget a year ago, when temperatures in the Southwest plunged well below freezing, bursting water pipes and devastating local vegetation (...

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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 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 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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Posted by Zack Guido on April 15, 2011

I’ve been hearing about a couple of prickly mountain lions spotted in Sabino Canyon near Tucson, more frequent observations of birds with talons in cities, and increased javelina sightings...

Posted by Britain Eakin on April 8, 2011

With the Fukushima nuclear accident still fresh on people’s minds, and the Obama Administration set to vamp...

Posted by Jessica Conroy on March 29, 2011

A blog post circulating around last week caught my attention. It suggested, based on new census data for Texas...

Posted by Jessica Conroy on February 23, 2011

February’s cold snap in Tucson left many sad-looking prickly-pear cacti and thousands of burst pipes across the city. The anomalous cold temperatures we experienced in Tucson extended across...