December 2017 SW Climate Podcast

Thursday, December 21, 2017

<p>In this episode of the CLIMAS Southwest Climate Podcast, Mike Crimmins and Zack Guido discuss the regional temperature and precip of the past 30-90 days, including the mostly above average temperatures, the very dry conditions, and the recent precipitation event that hit parts of southern Arizona and New Mexico. They also discuss the California wildfires in the context of the Santa Ana winds, years of persistent drought, the convergence of conditions that set the stage for the current crisis in California, and La Niña.</p>

Southwest Climate Outlook December 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

<p>November precipitation was below average across most of Arizona, with record-dry conditions in the western third of the state. Above-average temperatures and below-normal precipitation are reflected in the expanding areas of drought designation, with both Arizona and New Mexico seeing increases in extent and intensity of drought. The three-month outlook for January through March calls for increased chances of below-average precipitation for all of Arizona and New Mexico, and increased chances of above-average temperatures for the entire southwestern United States.</p>


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