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Recent News

Southwest Climate Outlook March 2016

March 17, 2016

Over the past 30 days, precipitation totals were well below average for most of the southwestern U.S. Despite anticipation for above-average precipitation this winter due to the strong El Niño event, a ridge of high pressure diverted moisture around the Southwest for much of the last 60 days. Long-term drought persists across much of the Southwest, and recent warm and dry conditions have done little to improve regional outlooks on short-term drought. 

Road under water: Flooding of farmlands along the San Joaquin River. California, San Joaquin Valley, Friant Dam area. 2006 April 11. Photographer: Pete Fickenscher, NOAA/NWS/WR/RFC Sacramento.

Report Says Science Can Estimate Influence of Climate Change on Some Extreme Events

March 11, 2016

A committee of climate experts that includes the UA's Kathy Jacobs says that it is possible to attribute changes in the frequency or severity of some extreme weather events to climate change. Until recently, scientists have been reluctant to tie human-caused climate change to any single extreme event, but that is now changing.

February 2016 CLIMAS Southwest Climate Podcast

February 26, 2016

In the February episode of the CLIMAS Southwest Climate Podcast, Zack Guido is back, and he and Mike Crimmins sit down to talk, you guessed it, El Niño. They recap what we've seen over the past month, and take a closer look at whether this El Niño event is actually underperforming, whether expectations were set too high going into the season (Godzilla, etc.), and what we might expect for the upcoming month if we can ever break out of this high pressure system.

Rio Grande-Bravo Outlook February 2016

February 23, 2016

Forecasts call for increased chances of below-average temperatures and above-average precipitation for much of the region through April 2016, due to El Niño.

Southwest Climate Outlook - February 2016

February 18, 2016

CLIMAS provides a Climate Summary for February, El Niño Tracker, and a Precipitation and Temperature Forecast. This issue also introduces the Rio Grande-Bravo Outlook.