Drought in Arizona: Observations, Impacts, and Projections

Drought in Arizona: Observations, Impacts, and Projections

Feb 9 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Two years of short-term drought alleviated by wet periods in different parts of Arizona have not reversed the impact on the state’s water resources brought on by a longer-term, state-wide drought that dates back to the mid-90s. Dr. Michael Crimmins, Climate Science Extension Specialist and Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, will discuss the unique aspects of Arizona’s hydroclimate that control precipitation variability at both short and long timescales on Saturday, February 9, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation building, 882 Sunset Avenue, Prescott. This program is presented free of charge by the Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG).

What is the difference between short and long-term drought and their impacts on different resources?  Is shorter-term climate variability normal for Arizona or a harbinger of things to come?

Dr. Crimmins will explain how increasing temperatures relate to drought conditions and, using present climate model projections for the state, will discuss the potential changes in temperatures and precipitation patterns in the coming decades.   

As part of his work for the University of Arizona, Dr. Crimmins provides climate science support to resource managers across Arizona. He is also a principal investigator with the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (NOAA-RISA program).

CWAG is a local citizens group advocating for a sustainable water future for Prescott and central Yavapai County and for the protection of the upper Verde River. For more information visit www.cwagaz.org, call 445-4218, or email info@cwagaz.org



Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation building: 882 Sunset Avenue, Prescott.