The Southwest May Have Entered a ‘Drier Climate State’
Less rain and mountain snow in an already dry region is a recipe for severe drought. There’s an 80 percent chance the Southwest region could face a megadrought lasting decades as the climate warms, according to research published last year. The new findings reinforce just how serious that threat is.
Adding to the woes is rising temperatures, which help bake in drought. While California has seen a big precipitation deficit, it’s been record heat that’s really helped turn the current drought into one of epic proportions. With heat projected to continue rising, it’s clear the Southwest will have to adapt to more than just dry conditions