Nov 15, 2009

Distinguishing Pronounced Droughts in the Southwestern United States: Seasonality and Effects of Warmer Temperatures

by
Jeremy L. Weiss
,
AMS Journal of Climate
  • Examines seasonal differences in surface climate observations to determine how temperature and moisture conditions affected evapotranspirational demand during the pronounced Southwest droughts of the 1950s and 2000s
  • Finds that climate change-driven warming have increased the severity of recent droughts in the US Southwest, particularly from 2000-2010