drought http://knau.org en Measures of Drought http://knau.org/post/measures-drought <p>Drought is a universally understood phenomenon — especially here in the arid Southwest. But what does drought really mean? To help define the term, and the concept, scientists use several commonly used drought indices. Each summarizes thousands of data points on rainfall and other information into a single handy number.</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:33:49 +0000 Diane Hope 40534 at http://knau.org Measures of Drought A Drier Southwest Means More Bears Move To Town http://knau.org/post/drier-southwest-means-more-bears-move-town <p>Across the Southwest more and more bears have shown up in people’s kitchens, garages and flower beds. Wildlife officials in Colorado say in that state alone they had to euthanize 133 “problem bears” last year. And in Arizona at least a dozen bears have been euthanized, and scores of sightings have many people rattled.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 23:27:57 +0000 21516 at http://knau.org A Drier Southwest Means More Bears Move To Town Southwest Likely to be Loser Thanks to Climate Change http://knau.org/post/southwest-likely-be-loser-thanks-climate-change <p>Despite this year’s abundant monsoon season, researchers say climate change could be pushing the Southwest into a period of sustained drought.&nbsp; Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Shelley Smithson 20248 at http://knau.org Southwest Likely to be Loser Thanks to Climate Change As Heat Dries Land And Lake, Asthma Fears Rise In Imperial County http://knau.org/post/heat-dries-land-and-lake-asthma-fears-rise-imperial-county <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_County,_California"><u><font color="#0066cc">Imperial County</font></u></a>, east of San Diego, has one of the <a href="http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/jul/16/imperial-countys-kids-asthma-more-likely-visit-er/"><u><font color="#0066cc">worst childhood asthma problems</font></u></a> in California. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 23:34:19 +0000 Adrian Florido 18795 at http://knau.org As Heat Dries Land And Lake, Asthma Fears Rise In Imperial County The Psychology Of Extreme Weather http://knau.org/post/psychology-extreme-weather <p>There are a lot of great things about living in Phoenix. Standing outside, the sky is a brilliant blue. Off in the distance, I can see beautiful mountains. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:30:10 +0000 Nick Blumberg 18708 at http://knau.org The Psychology Of Extreme Weather Despite Heavier Monsoons, Flagstaff's Water Supply is Still Low. http://knau.org/post/despite-heavier-monsoons-flagstaffs-water-supply-still-low <p>Despite a wet monsoon season, Flagstaff is still in a drought.</p><p>The low water level has the city water department waiting for next spring.</p><p>Brad Hill,&nbsp;Director of Utilities for the City of Flagstaff reports that&nbsp;Upper Lake Mary is currently at 23% of its full capacity.</p><p>Hill says the 5-year-average at this time of year is 49%.</p><p>Lake Mary supplies about half of Flagstaff&rsquo;s water supply, the other half coming from aquifers.</p><p>Hill says the lake isn&rsquo;t filling because the forests soak up the water. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:38:39 +0000 Sierra Eckert 18652 at http://knau.org Despite Heavier Monsoons, Flagstaff's Water Supply is Still Low. A Drought So Severe, Even Cacti Can't Survive http://knau.org/post/drought-so-severe-even-cacti-cant-survive <p>The historic nationwide drought has resulted in disaster declarations for more than half the counties in America. In the Southwest, parts of New Mexico and the Texas panhandle are in the worst shape.</p><p>Few feel the effects of the drought more strongly than cattle ranchers.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:53:09 +0000 18638 at http://knau.org A Drought So Severe, Even Cacti Can't Survive Forecast For Phoenix: Hotter And Hotter http://knau.org/post/forecast-phoenix-hotter-and-hotter <p>A place with one of the harshest climates in the Southwest &ndash;- Phoenix -- records more days over 100 degrees than any other major city in the country. But climate models predict <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_metropolitan_area"><u><font color="#0066cc">metro Phoenix</font></u></a>, with its population of four million, will get hotter.</p><p>Here in John Larsala&rsquo;s driveway, the view is bleak.</p><p>&ldquo;You see our tree is dead,&rdquo; Larsala said. &ldquo;All these trees are dying because I can&rsquo;t put water on it.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:29:29 +0000 Peter O'Dowd 18585 at http://knau.org Forecast For Phoenix: Hotter And Hotter