Southwest Climate Outlook February 2007

Date issued

February Climate Summary
Drought – Drought conditions persist in Arizona due to below-average precipitation
so far this winter while most of New Mexico remains drought-free.
Temperature – Over the past month, temperatures in the Southwest have been 3–6
degrees F cooler than average.
Precipitation – Precipitation has been below average in western Arizona but above
average in most of New Mexico during the past month.
Climate Forecasts – Temperatures are expected to be warmer than average for most
of the Southwest through August, while precipitation forecasts call for equal chances
of below-average, average, or above-average precipitation.
El Niño – The current El Niño event is declining and a return to ENSO-neutral
conditions is expected later this spring.
The Bottom Line – With the rapid decline of El Niño conditions in the tropical
Pacific, forecasters are no longer predicting increased chances of above-average precipitation
in the Southwest.

Published by the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), with support from University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, the Arizona State Climate Office, and the New Mexico State Climate office.

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