Tag Archives: Drought

September 2012 Climate Digest

Each month, we will provide information regarding the previous month’s climate. Overall, preliminary data analysis suggests that September 2012 was tied with 2005 as the warmest on record (since 1880). Major stories include a warm first 9 months for the contiguous United States, warmer than normal Australia, flooding in western Africa, and continued neutral conditions for El Niño and La Niña. More detailed information follows. Continue reading

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Summer of Drought

Several parts of the world have recently been experiencing drought conditions, the worst of which has been for much of the United States. Abnormally high temperatures this summer for most of the West and Central U.S. are indicative of an upper-level, high pressure system (ridge), which has been prevailing over a great part of the US throughout the summer. Further, the economic and societal implications that stem from these ongoing drought conditions are rather significant, with almost 60% of the U.S. experiencing moderate to severe drought, and monsoonal rains in India being elusive, both negatively affecting crop yields. Through this post, we’ll explore recent drought conditions, the seasonal drought outlook, and societal impacts. Continue reading

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For Much of U.S., Above Average Temperatures to Continue

Much of the United States is expected to be warmer as we close out summer and head into autumn. Some drought relief may also be on the way for parts of the southeast and desert southwest. Read on for more information. Continue reading

Category: U.S. Outlook
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