June 2015 Southwest Climate Podcast - June Recap, Tropical Storms, Wildfire, Monsoon & El Niño


In the June 2015 edition of the CLIMAS SW Climate Podcast, Mike Crimmins and Zack Guido recap the month of June, including the quick transition from cool and wet to hot and muggy conditions. The discuss the impact of tropical storms on the region, the early start to this season, and what this may or may not mean in terms of relationship to monsoon patterns. They turn to El Niño, and the impact the El Niño signal may be having on the region, both looking back at the past few months, but in particular looking forward at what this could mean for the southwest in terms of precipitation patterns over the next 12 months.

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 1:15 June Recap- Temperature, Precipitation, Influence of Tropical Storms, etc.
  • 8:00 Links to the Monsoon - System is setting up - what we've seen so far, and what we can expect moving forward.
  • 15:00 Monsoon and (early arriving) tropical storms, and the impending El Niño event - how big of a role will ENSO play in the monsoon? tropical storms?
  • 22:30 Looking back to the El Niño event of 97-98 - how does this one compare? Could it be even bigger? What would that mean for the Southwest?
  • 26:00 Looking towards the rest of summer, fall and winter - Given persistent El Niño- short term effects (temp & precip) vs. impact on long term trends (like drought).
  • 29:00 Wrapping up and looking forward.

Please note: we are aware of the intermittent audio glitches in the recording, and are working towards a solution. They are brief and shouldn't interfere with the overall podcast, but we apologize for any inconvenience.

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