During today's deluge, University of Arizona and world-renowned climate scientist Jonathan Overpeck posted plenty of tweets on the drought (and a few on the rains, too). The drought's not over yet after 10 days of monsoon rains, so this blog isn't being critical of Overpeck, or praiseworthy of him either. It's just an interesting irony, coming from the co-director of UA's Institute for the Environment:
- Hotter than usual temps (due to CC often) are making drought impacts more severe. Don't like it? Push to cut burning of fossil fuels.
- Rain back in Tucson (still in drought), whereas SW CO seems free of drought according to US Drought Monitor http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu
- BUT, SW CO farmers still feeling impact of poor winter snow. USDA declares drought disaster designation.
- lesson? Drought comes in many ways, and ultimately its the drought impacts we care about most (not just meteorological drought)
- A retweet here: New
@CLIMAS_UA podcast series '1075' explores what shortage declaration would mean to residents of Southwest (actually, this one is from Monday, July 14).
For the record, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows that as of July 8, the vast majority of Arizona was in an extreme or severe drought condition. Virtually all of Pima County was in a severe drought condition. Of course, that was several decent rains ago.