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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 February 16, 2011

I was up in Phoenix last night to discuss climate change with a crowd of interested people up at the Arizona Historical Society Museum. It’s a nice place for a talk and discussion, and at...

Posted by Jessica Conroy on February 7, 2011

When NOAA released their state of the climate report for 2010, most of the ensuing headlines were about the sky-high global average temperatures...

Posted by Laura Marshall on October 29, 2010

It’s become a regular thing to turn on the news during the hot months of the year, and see images of wind-whipped flames devouring a California subdivision or a forested mountainside. In...

Posted by Jonathan Overpeck on October 22, 2010

In my last post, I summarized the stolen email episode known as “climategate,” and highlighted the official investigations that reveal that the email “scandal” was, first...

Posted by Zack Guido on September 30, 2010

Aside from one heavy downpour in mid-August that airmailed my neighbor’s corrugated fence into my yard, the 2010 monsoon season seemed lackluster. Clouds arrived late, storms burst in fits...

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Posted by Jonathan Overpeck on September 23, 2010

Recently, a colleague (Brad Udall, University of Colorado) and I wrote a short overview of climate change in the West—based on peer-reviewed literature—that appeared in the journal...

Posted by Zack Guido on August 24, 2010

Two days prior to leaving for the Andes Mountains of Bolivia, I had my vision tested by a testy optometrist. Once he found out I study the climate, I heard numerous vacuous arguments and twisted...

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Posted by Jonathan Overpeck on July 23, 2010

January though June, 2010 has been the warmest January-June period since 1880 according NASA and NOAA (see my last post). And the first decade of the 21st century (2000-2009) has been...

Posted by Jonathan Overpeck on July 13, 2010

After a relatively cool spring in the Southwest, we’ve switched to some above-normal temperatures in recent weeks, and the National Weather Service is predicting that this warm trend will...

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Posted by Zack Guido on July 6, 2010

I recently spoke with Dave Bertelsen about the effect of climate on flowering dates. Bertelsen is a local Tucsonan and a self-trained expert on botany in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson....