October precipitation was below average to record driest in Arizona, with the driest conditions occurring in the southwestern corner of the state, and temperatures were above average to much-above average. However, the current forecast also suggests this will remain a weak La Niña event, for which correlations to below-average winter precipitation in the Southwest are not as evident.
A film by the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ documentary team featuring top entomologists is producing a buzz about insects, stings and the science behind them.
As legislators and ecologists grapple with solutions to wildfire prevention, help is coming from a unique source: the building industry. Aletheia Ida, assistant professor in the UA's School of Architecture, believes sustainable building practices can play an integral role in the future of prevention.
In the Nov 2017 episode of the CLIMAS SW Climate Podcast, Mike Crimmins and Zack Guido sit down to discussion temperature and precipitation in the Southwest over the past month or so, and the discrepancy between Arizona and New Mexico re: precipitation. They also dive into ENSO and the emergent (weak) La Niña conditions, and what this might mean, taking a close look at last year (another weak La NIña) and other weak La NIña events of the past decades. They wrap up with a quick summary of the seasonal outlooks for the Southwest.
Volume 1 of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), was released by the U.S. federal government on November 3. CCASS Director Kathy Jacobs, who led the previous (Third) National Climate Assessment, said, "It is important that this report has come out, and it's impressive, actually, that the administration has agreed to release it. So we're very hopeful that this means that this is a [conversation] people are allowed to have now."
A new study, co-authored by UA primatologist Stacey Tecot, paints a grim picture for the future of greater bamboo lemurs in Madagascar. Human disturbance of tropical rainforests in Madagascar including wildfires, burning and timber exploitation, have led to reduced rainfall and a longer dry season, further pushing the already critically endangered Greater Bamboo Lemur to the brink of extinction.