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Southwest Climate Blog

The Southwest Climate Blog, a new feature of the Southwest Climate Change Network Web site, will explore challenges that experts and community members in the region face in trying to understand climate variability and change and make informed decisions.

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on March 10, 2014

El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), better known simply as El Niño or La Niña, is normally a hot topic in the Southwest. La Niña is associated with dry winters, as we...

Posted by John Brost on February 25, 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place in Las Vegas every year. This show often features the latest advancements in various forms of technology, from computers to televisions to smart...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on November 25, 2013

Rain drenched the Southwest this past weekend, flooding streets and quenching the thirst of parched soils. The reason: an atmospheric river (AR). If you’ll recall from previous blogs (...

Posted by Jonathan Overpeck on October 18, 2013

Drought means many things to many people, but to most, it means not getting enough rain to meet your needs. Not enough rain to maintain healthy range or forest conditions, supply enough water,...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on October 4, 2013

Shoot an arrow at the center of climate change and it may well end up in the Southwest. Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)...

Posted by Clare Aslan on August 19, 2013

A coyote lopes across Silverbell Road in Tucson, crossing Christopher Columbus parking lot in the pale predawn of late spring. He pauses to drink at the fish-stocked Silverbell Lake. A hummingbird...

Posted by Zack Guido on August 13, 2013

In a testimony to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on July 18, 2013, Franklin Nutter, President of the Reinsurance Association of America, called on federal legislators to...

Posted by John Brost on August 5, 2013

It seems like only yesterday when various groups were putting out their 2013 monsoon forecast for the Southwest. In fact, I gave several presentations where I danced around direct questions...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on July 29, 2013

Continuing the theme from previous blogs, this post completes the Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest U.S. blog series with another perspective from one of the coordinating lead...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on July 22, 2013

The Southwest region has great capacity to respond to environmental stress, and many entities—local and state governments, tribes, non-profit organizations, individuals—are already...