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State of the Environment, 2015 - 2016

June 30, 2016

by Diana Liverman and Jonathan Overpeck, Co-Directors, Institute of the Environment

This past year had its share of environmental challenges—from dashed hopes for abundant rain and snowfall in the Southwest to historic low levels in Lake Mead and record-breaking temperatures across the globe.

Closer to home, unprecedented drought continues in both California and the Colorado River Basin. Sixteen years of warmer-than-normal temperatures and near-average snowfall have led to big reductions in Colorado River flow and plunging levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the nation’s two largest reservoirs. We now sit on the edge of the first-ever official Colorado River water shortage, an event that will disproportionately impact Arizona, six other states, and Mexico if it comes to pass.

Rain in the desert

June 2016 CLIMAS Southwest Climate Podcast

June 30, 2016

In the June 2016 episode of the CLIMAS Southwest Climate Podcast, Mike Crimmins and Zack Guido look back at May and June to discuss the relatively mild weather of May, the near-record heat in June, and the transition into the monsoon.  In the second half of the podcast, they dive into the weeds on monsoon climatology and the variable spatial and temporal patterns that characterize the monsoon in the Southwest. They highlight what we might expect in the next 90 days, along with a discussion of the difficulty of creating regional monsoon season forecasts (given the high degree of spatial and temporal variability, and the randomness of weather).

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