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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)


Hot Start to Summer - Monday, June 20, 2016

Hot temperatures in the Desert Southwest made headlines this past weekend as temperatures soared deep into the lower 100s in many areas of California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. The right combination of the longest days of the year, low pressure (full story)


El Nino Just About Gone - Monday, June 13, 2016

About this time a year ago we were discussing the fact that a strong El Nino was beginning to take shape in the subtropical Pacific. A year later we are now talking about its demise.  The area of above normal water temperatures between South (full story)


Desert Heat - Monday, June 06, 2016

After a cool and wet May for many areas of the lower 48 states, June has been off to a very warm start for many in the far west and Desert Southwest. In addition to the heat, record breaking rains hit Texas and tropical storm activity picked up with (full story)


Finishing Up a Wet May - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We have just completed a cool and wet May for many key ag areas of the United States. For a large part of the nation temperatures were below normal with many areas also experiencing above normal precipitation.  Many folks have called this past (full story)


La Nina Developing - Monday, May 16, 2016

After a near record El Nino this past fall and winter, a major reversal in sea surface water temperatures is taking place in the subtropical Pacific. These changes will mean different weather patterns for North America in at the end of 2016 and into (full story)


Precipitation Outlook - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It has been an active week of weather across the nation with more rain and snow in the Rockies and High Plains and severe weather in the Midwest and the South. The graphic below shows precipitation over the past week.    Much needed (full story)


Sierra Snows - Monday, May 02, 2016

Some folks have remarked in California that this year was the year of the “No Nino” instead of what was expected to be a strong El Nino in California this year.  However, this is only partly true as El Nino did have a big impact (full story)

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