Continued drought conditions in Arizona and New Mexico will increase the potential for significant wildfires in May, according to predictions from the National Interagency Fire Center.
Recent conditions have been warm and dry in Arizona and New Mexico, and more of the same is predicted through June, according to the latest Southwest Climate Outlook from CLIMAS.
A recent publication sheds light on the North American Monsoon and how it has changed over the past five centuries.
It was a tale of two states over the past 30 days, with cold, wet conditions in most of Arizona and warm, dry conditions in most of New Mexico, according to the February Southwest Climate Outlook from CLIMAS.
Contrary to what was previously believed, authors of a new study published in Natural Areas Journal find that bark beetle outbreaks do not substantially increase the risk of fire in lodgepole pine and spruce-fir forests.
Plant communities from grasslands to forests contain an intrinsic system sensitivity to water availability, allowing them to adapt to extreme shifts such as drought and flooding, according to a recent study published in Nature. The authors analyzed how plants responded to wet and dry periods during t
Drought conditions persist throughout almost all of Arizona and New Mexico, and if another dry winter emerges many of the regions’ reservoir volumes will continue to decline, posing serious water-supply challenges in several areas, according to the January Climate Outlook from CLIMAS.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 597 counties in 14 states as natural disaster areas due to the persistent drought and heat, making them the first disaster designations of 2013. The designations include 17 counties in Utah, 4 in Arizona, 19 in New Mexico, 9 in Nevada, 157 in Texas, and 30 in Colorado.
The contiguous U.S. experienced its warmest year on record last year, with the average annual temperature 3.2 degrees F above average and—at 55.3 degrees F—a full degree warmer than the previous record set in 1998, according to the annual State of the Climate report from NOAA.
Temperatures during late November and early December were more than 2 degrees F above average in Arizona and New Mexico, according to the December Climate Outlook from CLIMAS. In fact, in many parts of eastern New Mexico, temperatures were as high as 6 degrees F above average.