Fathom: from our blog

As the region warms, expect more ‘dog days of summer’

According to maps published last week by the New York Times, by 2060, temperatures in Albuquerque will exceed 100 degrees on 32 days each year. By 2100, that number more than doubles to 73 days.

Rio Grande 101
In early June, the Middle Rio Grande.

As the region warms – and both our surface and groundwater supplies become increasingly constrained – it’s a good time to try and understand the facts. And one another.

Triple digit temps dry the Rio Grande
The Middle Rio Grande was dry near San Antonio in July.

Continued high temperatures have also led to an expansion of drought conditions in the state. And as forecasters anticipate La Niña conditions for the fall and winter, everyone is hopeful that the last two months of the monsoon season will bring some relief.

Weather coverage in New Mexico is missing the mark
Land and ocean temperature information for June, 2016.

Whether these are rural newspapers, daily weather reports on television, or the state’s largest paper, not giving readers information about climate change – and what scientists are anticipating will occur in New Mexico as the region continues warming – does a great disservice to the public.

SOS candidate Toulouse Oliver spends big on post-primary TV ads

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver is emphasizing the corruption conviction of former SOS Dianna Duran in a series of three TV ads.

New Mexico campaign finance site ranks high for usability

A think tank tested how well users could find campaign finance information, and New Mexico ranked third overall.