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April 2016 CLIMAS Southwest Climate Podcast

April 11, 2016

An Exceptional El Niño - (For all the "Wrong" Reasons?)

In the early April edition of the CLIMAS Southwest Climate Podcast, Mike Crimmins and Zack Guido look back at our exceptional El Niño event, which may be standing out for all the wrong reasons - especially in the Southwest.  They discuss the anomalously warm and dry conditions the Southwest has experienced since early January; and put these conditions into context regarding our expectations in a strong El Niño year, what might be driving these patterns (and the moisture away from us), and just where that moisture has gone.  They also discuss the similarities of the current precipitation pattern to La Niña (i.e. dry in the Southwest and wet in the Northwest) but highlight how this event is very different from La Niña associated atmospheric patterns (even if the precipitation patterns feel like a La Niña year). They also point out that while we're not in a La Niña yet..but forecasts call for much higher chances of a swing to La Niña by fall of this year.  They also look forward to the rest of the spring, including the last gasp of moisture the second week of April, and what this underwhelming El Niño might mean for regional drought, snowpack, and wildfire conditions

Grad Slam finalists presented their projects during an event held at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre.

Connected-Vehicles Visionary Wins Grad Slam

April 6, 2016

The Institute of the Environment awarded Joshua Scholl and Victoria Ligon $500 each for a split win for Best Environmental Presentation. Also, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice awarded $1,000 for Best Environment and Social Justice Presentation to Joe Dupris.

Rio Grande-Bravo Outlook March 2016

March 25, 2016

Forecasts favor below-average temperatures for central Texas and the northern Mexican states, above-average precipitation for the US Southwest, and average to below-average precipitation in northern Mexico. 

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.