Content tagged "regional climate"

Climate Change Impacts in the Northeastern U.S.

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: March 07, 2015

     Climate change in the Northeast has meant hotter temperatures, more heavy rains, and less lake ice and snow cover. Northeast annual average temperature...

Climate Change Impacts in the Southeastern U.S.

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: March 07, 2015

   The Southeast region serves as an example of how rising temperatures can be associated with both increased drought and an increased frequency of...

Climate Change Impacts in the Southwestern U.S.

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: April 10, 2012

Recent warming in the Southwest has been among the most rapid in the nation, and it raises concerns about the region’s water sustainability. The warming is...

Climate Change Assessments

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: June 28, 2011

The science associated with climate and its effects on ecosystems, economies, and social systems is developing rapidly. Climate change assessments can serve...

How Does the Monsoon Work?

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: June 21, 2011

previousThe official definition for the word "monsoon" is a persistent surface windflow pattern caused by differential heating that shifts direction from one...

Monsoon Season in North America

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: May 11, 2011

previous The circulation features that bring monsoonal moisture into the southwest United States are typically in place by late June or early July and...

Jet Stream Activity in Climate Models

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: May 11, 2011

Jet streams high in the atmosphere direct where moisture lands on the surface. Global climate models (GCMs) generally do a good job at simulating jet stream...

How Does the Monsoon Affect Arizona?

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: May 11, 2011

previous The onset of the monsoon season has a different meaning to different sectors of the Arizona economy. In general, the monsoon brings much needed...

The North American Monsoon System

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: April 01, 2011

The southwestern United States receives most of its annual precipitation in two distinct seasons, winter and summer. Winter precipitation is produced by...

Climate Change Impacts in the Northwestern U.S.

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: March 15, 2011

Warming in the Northwest has varied by location, and the ongoing temperature rise brings more risk of wildfire, challenges to native species, increased...

Climate Change Impacts in the Great Plains

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: March 15, 2011

Over the last few decades, average temperatures have risen throughout the Great Plains, with the largest increases occurring in the winter months and over...

Climate Change Impacts in the Midwestern U.S.

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: March 15, 2011

In the Midwest, precipitation has increased along with temperature in recent decades. Average temperatures in the Midwest have risen, with the largest...

Climate Change Impacts in the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: March 15, 2011

Climate change presents unique challenges to U.S.-affiliated islands, which include Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Small islands are vulnerable to sea-level...

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