S2 Episode 13: Drought & the 2021 Monsoon Season


Come Rain or Shine Series, Season 2 Episode 13: 2020 and the first half of 2021 were brutal drought years for the Southwest U.S. continuing a much longer term regional drought.  But this monsoon season brought welcome rain to many places in the region, with flowing washes and bright green vegetation. Many are asking, is the drought over? Surely if there is water in our usually dry washes, we must be out of drought. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, and almost all of the region is still in at least moderate drought, according to the latest drought monitor. This month we chat with three state climatologists, Drs.  Dave DuBois, Erin Saffell, and Steph McAfee, to hear how the monsoon has affected drought conditions and how drought is impacting their states.


Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) podcast

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CLIMAS May 2015 SW Climate Podcast video - Jetstream & El NIño

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Skye Aney
Reanna Burnett


Emile Elias
Sarah LeRoy


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Dr. Erin Saffell
Dr. Steph McAfee


Wednesday, November 3, 2021