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Western Water Year Coming to and End - Monday, September 26, 2016

The new water year in the west will begin on October 1st as the 2015 water year will be over by the end of this week. Compared to the previous water year there are some areas that have fared much better with precipitation while areas of drought pers (full story)

Southern California Rain? - Monday, September 19, 2016

Although it will not be widespread, some rain will be possible in far Southern California and portions of western and southwestern Arizona before the week is over. The culprit is Tropical Storm Paine in the eastern Pacific. You can see where Paine (full story)

Drought Update- Western States - Tuesday, September 13, 2016

As we head into the second half of September, let’s take a look at where we are in regards to drought conditions across the western states as we enter the official start of fall in the coming ten days. The graphic below shows drought conditi (full story)

Big Desert Rain - Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Over the weekend, Tropical Storm Newton developed in the far eastern Pacific just off the southwest coast of Mexico. Newton is expected to drift northward into the Baja of California and lift northeast into northern Mexico and then move even (full story)

Summer Precipitation in the West - Monday, August 29, 2016

With a few exceptions, many areas in the Rockies and High Plains have had a drier than normal summer season. The annual summer thunderstorm pattern, mostly driven by the monsoonal moisture flow from the south was spotty. As you can see in the map (full story)

A Peak into Fall - Monday, August 22, 2016

With the fall season right around the corner we have decided to take a look at what the nation may experience as we head into September, October and November. A pattern is emerging which suggests that the fall may be cool and unsettled from the (full story)

Cool August Temperatures for Nation’s Midsection - Monday, August 15, 2016

A series of cool fronts promise to put the brakes on any hot weather for many areas in the middle of the nation for the next couple of weeks.  From the east slopes of the Rockies and into the Plains and western areas of the Corn Belt, temper (full story)

Quiet Tropical Season So Far - Monday, August 08, 2016

The lack of tropical storm and hurricane activity this year and in recent years is beginning to raise some eyebrows. The USA is long overdue to be hit by tropical storm and hurricane activity, especially when you take these facts into account. (full story)

July Dry Spots - Monday, August 01, 2016

Some dry spots are beginning to show up in some areas of the USA after some hot weather in July. This is especially true in areas of the west. The chart below shows the change in soil moisture from June 30 to July 31.  Increased soil moi (full story)

Have the Hottest Days of Summer Come and Gone for Some? - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The past two weeks have brought extremely warm temperatures to a large portion of the nation, especially in the Midwest, Corn Belt and East. Very warm temperatures have also been reported in central and southern areas of California. The heat (full story)

La Nina or La Nada? - Monday, July 18, 2016

In a previous post we discussed the high likelihood that the strong El Nino of the last year was going to shift to a developing La Nina. The shift in water temperatures in the subtropical Pacific from warmer than normal to cooler than normal water (full story)

Western Monsoon Season - Monday, July 11, 2016

So far this summer season the western monsoon has been off to a slow start. The western summer monsoon season is best described as a natural flow of moisture that moves northward from Central America and Mexico into the western states.   (full story)

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