For Desert Dwellers, a Life in BalanceApril 19, 2018
With scarce water supplies, a sweltering climate and a rising population, can desert cities such as Tucson and Phoenix sustain us? Three UA experts say they are optimistic.
Southwest Climate Outlook April 2018April 18, 2018
<p>Precipitation varied across the Southwest in March, but temperatures remained warm throughout the region. Drought-designated areas were expanded in the April 17 U.S. Drought Monitor, with Arizona and New Mexico documenting increases in the extent and intensity of drought. The three-month outlook for April through June calls for equal chances of above- or below-average precipitation in Arizona and New Mexico and increased chances of above-average temperatures for the entire southwestern United States.</p>
UA Agrivoltaics Project Named as World Changing Ideas FinalistApril 9, 2018
<p>An experiment in combining agriculture with energy efficiency, agrivoltaics involves growing plants beneath photovoltaic solar panels. The project is led by Greg Barron-Gafford in the UA School of Geography and Development.</p>
Apr 2018 SW Climate Podcast - Diving into Atmospheric Rivers & Their Role in Southwest PrecipitationApril 4, 2018
<p>In this episode of the CLIMAS Southwest Climate Podcast, Mike Crimmins and Zack Guido sit down to discuss what happened with the weather over the last 30 days. They break down the event from mid-February that brought a pulse of moisture to SE Arizona and SW New Mexico, including the connection between atmospheric rivers and precipitation in the Southwest (vs. CA). They also discuss the larger regional patterns of rain, snow, and streamflow within the context of the fading La Niña signal, and wrap things up with a new bet. When will the first 100 degree day occur? - tune in for the details, but as is their pattern, Zack is a bit ambitious in his guess, and Mike tends towards climatology.</p>