Drought expanded across Arizona and New Mexico in the past month, but especially in New Mexico, where 44 percent of the state is now in exceptional drought, according to the May Southwest Climate Outlook from CLIMAS.
Warming in recent decades, coupled with natural climate variations, has intensified the summer monsoon system across Asia, West Africa, and North America, according to a recent paper in PNAS.
A recent publication sheds light on the North American Monsoon and how it has changed over the past five centuries.
As the climate continues to warm, North American Monsoon precipitation will likely decrease in the early season (June-July) and increase in the late season (September-October), according to a new publication accepted to the Journal of Geophysical Research.
Irrigation in the Central Valley of California may increase Colorado River streamflow by nearly 30 percent, according to a new study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters.
September marked the 16th consecutive month with above-average temperatures in the contiguous U.S., according to the latest State of the Climate report from NOAA.
Temperatures in Arizona cooled off this month as monsoon rainfall brought relief to the state, according to the newest Climate Outlook from CLIMAS. New Mexico, however, experienced above-average temperatures as high pressure limited monsoon precipitation across the state.
Despite a wet start to the monsoon in some parts of the Southwest, severe to extreme drought conditions persist across most of Arizona and New Mexico, according to the US Drought Monitor.
The contiguous U.S. experienced its warmest July on the record, and July was the all-time warmest month, with temperatures 3.3 degrees F above average, according to the newest State of the Climate from NOAA.
Despite an early and vigorous start to the monsoon in parts of Arizona and New Mexico, drought conditions persisted over the past month with 94 percent of Arizona and 80 percent of New Mexico in severe to extreme drought, according to the July Climate Outlook from CLIMAS.