Southwest Climate Outlook March 2007

Date issued

March Climate Summary
Drought – Drought conditions have worsened slightly in Arizona due to belowaverage
winter precipitation, while most of New Mexico remains drought-free.
Temperature – Temperatures have been above average in most of the Southwest
over the past thirty days.
Precipitation – During the past month precipitation has been below average for
much of Arizona and New Mexico.
Climate Forecasts – Through September 2007, temperatures are expected to be
warmer than average in the Southwest, while chances are equal for below-average,
average, or above-average precipitation.
El Niño – Current sea surface temperatures indicate neutral ENSO conditions and
there is a chance of La Niña event developing later this summer.
The Bottom Line – As the Southwest prepares to enter the climatologically dry
spring, most of New Mexico has received above-average winter precipitation, while
winter’s El Niño event failed to deliver above-average precipitation to most of Arizona.

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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