In this episode of the CLIMAS Southwest Climate Podcast, Mike Crimmins and Zack Guido sit down to discuss what happened with the weather over the last 30 days. They break down the event from mid-February that brought a pulse of moisture to SE Arizona and SW New Mexico, including the connection between atmospheric rivers and precipitation in the Southwest (vs. CA). They also discuss the larger regional patterns of rain, snow, and streamflow within the context of the fading La Niña signal, and wrap things up with a new bet. When will the first 100 degree day occur? - tune in for the details, but as is their pattern, Zack is a bit ambitious in his guess, and Mike tends towards climatology.
Many agricultural crops such as blueberries, chili peppers and tomatoes rely on bees that have adapted a vibration technique to access hidden pollen. Stephen L. Buchmann, a research associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, discusses his work to study sonicating bees and their evolutionary influence on flowering plants.
Forecasts favor above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation for the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin through June.
Sustainable agriculture is quickly becoming the wave of the future as global leaders grapple with the question of how to feed a world population approaching 10 billion. At the UA, researchers are looking up for answers, in the form of vertical farming.
A drought-induced water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa, has Arizonans wondering if a similar situation could happen here. UA water expert Sharon Megdal says it is unlikely, though not impossible.
The March 2018 climate observations made by the Climate Assessment for the Southwest. Notable observations include consistently warm temperatures, the expansion and intensification of drought-designated areas, and variations in precipitation across the Southwest.