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Weather and Climate News

As global temperatures rise, the effects of climate change are impacting lives throughout the southwest and around the world. Keep up with AZPM’s local climate and weather coverage, including extreme weather events, climate science, and meteorology. Video News

Monsoon brings mixed emotions for road workers

The staff is on-call 24-hours a day.
July 18, 2024

Taming the Colorado

The Colorado River is the most dammed waterway in the US, but what was it like before? We go back to the battle over Parker Canyon Dam and how it changed Arizona's rights to the river's water forever.
July 17, 2024

Things to know about heat deaths as a dangerously hot summer shapes up in the western US

It is unknown exactly how many people died in the most recent heat wave beginning July 1, but early signs indicate it was an especially deadly two weeks.
July 14, 2024

Tucson receives $11M for bus stop shelters, trees and more

Tucson’s Sun Tran system is receiving more than $11 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The money is meant to fortify transit infrastructure and help protect vulnerable communities from the effects of climate change.
July 11, 2024

Monsoon storm activity picking up late in the week

Some areas in Southeastern Arizona could see wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour.
July 10, 2024

Pima County heat-related deaths in June topped 2023's totals

Days with high temperatures also saw a notable increase from the previous year.
July 8, 2024

Persistent heat wave in the US expected to shatter new records as it bakes West and swelters in East

Phoenix topped out at 114 F, just shy of the record of 116 F dating to 1942.
July 7, 2024

NASA map shows temperatures up to 160 degrees on Phoenix streets, sidewalks

Surface temperatures that hot can cause severe contact burns within minutes or seconds.
July 6, 2024

Millions swelter under dangerous Fourth of July heat wave

Around 134 million people in the U.S. are under alerts as an “extremely dangerous and record-breaking” heat wave broils much of the country.
July 4, 2024

Arizona researchers tackle urban heat with innovative weather data collection

UA team partners with DOE’s Brookhaven Lab to study and mitigate extreme heat in the Southwest.
July 2, 2024

$55.2 million to boost clean energy in rural Arizona with new battery systems

Federal funding will support three new battery energy storage facilities, lower energy bills, create jobs, and promote sustainability in cities like Sahuarita.
July 2, 2024

Does Arizona have enough water?

Phoenix-area cities are spending big to make sure it does.
June 25, 2024

At least 6 heat-related deaths reported in metro Phoenix so far this year as high hits 115 degrees

A heat wave baked most of the United States on Friday, with numerous areas expected to see record-breaking temperatures.
June 23, 2024

Climate change made killer heat wave in Mexico, Southwest US even warmer and 35 times more likely

A new study finds that human-caused climate change dialed up the heat and drastically increased the odds of this month's killer heat that has been baking the Southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America.
June 20, 2024

Tucson braces for potential monsoon storms

City crews are preparing barricades to direct motorists away from flooded roads.
June 19, 2024

More than 70 million people in the US are under heat alerts

Officials again are warning residents to take precautions, go indoors and hydrate.
June 17, 2024

UA Monsoon Madness returns for 2024

Hundreds are expected to enter the annual online contest to predict stormy weather.
June 17, 2024

The Buzz: Coping with Extreme Heat

As summer temperatures get dangerous, we look at efforts to keep people safe.
June 14, 2024

HUD will allow more federal dollars to go toward electric bill assistance

Government officials visited a public housing complex in Tucson to make the announcement.
June 13, 2024

Conservation groups threaten legal action over Pinto Valley Mine expansion

Sierra Club and Maricopa Audubon Society claim violations of the Endangered Species Act, citing risks to wildlife and water resources.
June 13, 2024

Conflicting weather patterns bring monsoon uncertainty

The upcoming transition between an El Niño winter and a La Niña summer is unique.
June 11, 2024

Here's why an Arizona medical examiner is working to track heat-related deaths

Rethinking how to catalog and count heat-related deaths is a major step toward understanding the growing impacts of climate change.
June 11, 2024

Arizona advances in renewable energy with federal investments

Senator Mark Kelly and other local leaders talk about the state's clean energy growth and jobs.
May 31, 2024

Native American tribes give unanimous approval to proposal securing Colorado River water

The Navajo Nation Council has signed off on a proposed settlement.
May 24, 2024

Science in the Critical Zone

University of Arizona scientists working at the Critical Zone Observatory in the Catalina Mountains are studying Earth’s thin surface
January 18, 2024

Desert Living Home Tour

Homes and community spaces across Tucson showcased features that cut down on water and energy use.
January 10, 2024

Salvation Army Cooling Center

Heat-related illnesses during the Southern Arizona summers can be dangerous and even deadly. Salvation Army Cooling Centers or “Heat Refuges” are open to all, and provide a climate-controlled space to eat, relax, and re-hydrate.
September 28, 2022

Chubasco Channel

Alex! Jimenez’s Chubasco Channel is an immersive sound installation that celebrates the monsoons and raises awareness about the future of water in the Southwest Region.
September 22, 2022

Monsoon Mushrooms

Tucson has a growing mushroom community and some of its fans say Mt. Lemmon has a huge variety of species, some of which can be harvested for consumption.
October 1, 2018
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