Stories tagged: "weather"

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What Does Phoenix’s Record Dry Monsoon Mean for Local Plants?

A dry monsoon season like the one Phoenix had this summer doesn’t just negate the relief Arizonans get from the overbearing heat—it also harms local plant life.

Phoenix Has Driest Monsoon Season Since Weather Service Began Record-Keeping in 1895
Phoenix Has Driest Monsoon Season Since Weather Service Began Record-Keeping in 1895

The National Weather Service said the monsoon season this year in the arid Southwest dropped only 0.15 inches of rain.

MESA, ARIZONA - AUGUST 03: A church sign reads 'It Is Hot' in the Phoenix metropolitan area on August 03, 2023 in Mesa, Arizona. The average temperature in Phoenix during July was 102.7 degrees, the highest monthly temperature ever for a U.S. city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
End May Be In Sight for Phoenix’s Historic Heat Wave

Scientists blame human-caused climate change with an extra push from El Nino, which is a temporary warming of parts of the Pacific Ocean that changes weather around the globe.

Purified recycled water fills a flask after a demonstration in Carson, California, in May 2022. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California hopes to finish a multibillion-dollar expansion of the facility, a project that has drawn financial support from water agencies in Nevada and Arizona. (Photo by Alex Hager/KUNC)
Water-Short Cities Want to Use Every Last Drop—Even if It Used to Be Sewage

Cities with finite water supplies are finding creative new ways to stretch out the water they already have. For some, that means cleaning up sewage and putting it right back in the pipes that flow to homes and businesses.

FILE - The late afternoon temperature hits 115-degrees in downtown Phoenix, Monday, June 19, 2017. As heat waves fueled by climate change arrive earlier, grow more intense and last longer, people over 60 who are more vulnerable to high temperatures are increasingly at risk of dying from heat-related causes.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)
Deadly Heat Waves Threaten Older People in Arizona as Summer Nears

Healthcare clinics and local governments are being tested to keep older people safe as extreme temperatures approach in summer.

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How Arizona Compares to the Most Extreme Temperatures Recorded in the US

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state.

Fall Does Exist in Arizona. Here’s Five Places to See the Leaves Change Colors.

Arizona's trees are reaching peak vibrancy right now, making this the perfect time for leaf peeping in the Grand Canyon State.