March Southwest Climate Outlook Released
Precipitation: In the past 30 days, precipitation was below average in much of southern Arizona, above average in portions of northern Arizona and southern New Mexico, and near normal across much of the rest of the region (Fig. 1). Precipitation totals for the water year (since Oct. 1) are below average across all of Arizona and most of New Mexico and are even worse in other western areas; California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Intermountain West are recording significantly below-average winter precipitation (Fig. 2).
New Method for Forecasting Hurricane Season
A UA team's model improves the accuracy of forecasts for the North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico by 23 percent. And it can generate predictions by the start of the six-month hurricane season, which could help emergency planning.