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El Niño Tracker Update - Late November 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

From the Nov 20, 2014 Southwest Climate Outlook

The long-awaited El Niño event projected to develop during winter 2014 – 2015 has yet to send a decisive signal regarding an official start, but a number of factors have increased forecasters’ confidence that one will emerge. The strength of this event still remains in question, however with the most likely projection still centering on a weak or weak to moderate event (read more).

Upcoming: CLIMAS Climate & Society Fellows Event - Nov 14, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

After a year of research, The Climate Assessment for the Southwest’s first Climate and Society Fellows will present the results of their work on Friday, November 14, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in room 531 of the Marshall Building.

The Climate & Society Graduate Fellows Program supports currently enrolled University of Arizona graduate students.  The fellows are given $5,000 and a year to work on a specific project of their choice.  While their work must be focused around climate research and decision making, they can come from any degree-granting program.  (read more)

Notes From the Field: Preparing for Climate Change Along the US-Mexico Border

Monday, October 27, 2014

On September 10-11, 25 scientists and natural resource managers met at the offices of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), in El Paso, Texas.  Their goal was to use strategic scenario planning techniques to gain insight into environmental and natural resource planning under highly uncertain conditions. Participants included climatologists, meteorologists, geologists, hydrologists, ecologists, biologists, and environmental economists, representing a range of U.S. and Mexican federal agencies, state agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations. (read more)

SW Climate Podcast - Mini-Video: A Tale of Two Tropical Storms - Norbert vs. Odile

Friday, October 24, 2014

Next up in our new series featuring video mini-segments from the podcast.  This segment comes from the September 2014 SW Climate Podcast - and covers the impacts of Norbert and Odile in the Southwest - as part of the 2014 Eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Season (read more)

Oct 2014 Southwest Climate Podcast: Monsoon Recap & El Niño Double Dips?

Friday, October 24, 2014

In the October Southwest Climate Podcast, CLIMAS climate scientists Zack Guido and Mike Crimmins discuss the 2014 monsoon, focusing on the influence of tropical storm systems, record and near-record precipitation events, monsoon intensity and duration, and the ever-present promise of El Niño.  (read more)

Monsoon Recap - June 15 - Sept 30, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Looking back on the 2014 monsoon, a simple characterization of the season as ‘normal’ or ‘average’ (or above or below these thresholds) is difficult, given the spatial and temporal variability of monsoon storms. The cumulative seasonal totals provide one way of characterizing the monsoon, and by those metrics, the Southwest saw an average to above-average summer rainy season, with much of Arizona and New Mexico receiving well above-average rainfall. (read more)

This post was originally published as part of the October 2014 Southwest Climate Outlook

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