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.
New report from the Union of Concerned Scientists lays out impacts of climate change in New Mexico and offers policy suggestions on how to deal with the changes. Many of those policy changes, however, would require buy-in on climate from the Martinez administration and the New Mexico State Legislature.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Mexico Department of Health have plenty of resources for people seeking more information about Valley Fever, its causes, symptoms, and treatment.
There’s no shortage of accurate—and readable—information about climate change in the southwestern United States. Since Laura Paskus loves making lists, she jumped at the chance to share some of the titles on the bookshelf next to her own desk for those seeking to learn more about what’s happening as the region warms.
In the Southwest, recent springtime stream flow forecasts have been pretty bleak. But now, scientists at the University of New Mexico are saying that actually, they’re probably not bleak enough. Forecasters might not have adjusted enough for a moving target that is increasingly a factor—the climate’s continual warming.
Drought is not unusual in New Mexico. But unlike in the past, when changes in long-term, large-scale precipitation patterns drove drought in the Southwest, changes in temperature will drive drought in the future.