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2014 a year of opposites; hot west, cool east

2014 a year of opposites; hot west, cool east

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"Either some part of the country is experiencing warm extremes or cold extremes, but not both. Only a handful of years have a pattern similar to 2014" according to Climate.gov

Drought conditions loosen up

Current Drought Map in US Current Drought Map in US
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With the monsoon nearly over, how has it helped the drought conditions in Arizona? Here is a look at how we are currently doing.

Flandrau is going FullDome; new projection system first of its kind in the U.S.

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The University of Arizona's Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is reaching beyond the stars. Over the summer Flandrau installed a state-of-the-art digital projection system in the Planetarium that immerses audience members in 360 degree views of not just the solar system, but weather back here on earth, the internal workings of our bodies, and much more. 

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  • Tucson 2014 summer is one of the top 10 hottest

    Tucson 2014 summer is one of the top 10 hottest

    Tucson 2014 summer is one of the top 10 hottest

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:48:48 GMT
    For Tucson this summer is stacking up to be in the top 10 warmest, mainly because of a hot June.
    For Tucson this summer is stacking up to be in the top 10 warmest, mainly because of a hot June.
  • Air pollution change dramatic across parts of Earth

    Air pollution change dramatic across parts of Earth

    Air pollution change dramatic across parts of Earth

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:51:41 GMT
    Until now, measuring pollution across the globe has been difficult. Land sensors are few and far between and only give a snapshot of pollution levels for a small area. In recent years, new satellites circling the Earth have instruments on board that can now measure pollution on a global scale.
    Until now, measuring pollution across the globe has been difficult. Land sensors are few and far between and only give a snapshot of pollution levels for a small area. In recent years, new satellites circling the Earth have instruments on board that can now measure pollution on a global scale.
  • Comet on track to buzz by Mars in October

    Comet on track to buzz by Mars in October

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-08-13 19:20:59 GMT
    There is no danger of the comet hitting Mars, but the close encounter provides researchers with an opportunity to gather data never seen before. The Red Planet's atmosphere may interact with debris and gasses in the comet's tail resulting some spectacular views. 
    There is no danger of the comet hitting Mars, but the close encounter provides researchers with an opportunity to gather data never seen before. The Red Planet's atmosphere may interact with debris and gasses in the comet's tail resulting some spectacular views. 
  • New satellite measures CO2 in more detail than ever before

    New satellite measures CO2 in more detail than ever before

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-13 15:08:48 GMT
    It is important to gather detailed data on the CO2 sinks and sources to determine how they change over time, which can have an influence on the Earth's temperature. CO2 is one of the major greenhouse gasses that make our Earth livable. 
    It is important to gather detailed data on the CO2 sinks and sources to determine how they change over time, which can have an influence on the Earth's temperature. CO2 is one of the major greenhouse gasses that make our Earth livable. 
  • El Niño August update

    El Niño August update

    Friday, August 8 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-08-08 17:00:34 GMT
    El Niño is still forecast to develop later this year, which may be good news for winter rain and snow forecasts in Arizona. 
    El Niño is still forecast to develop later this year, which may be good news for winter rain and snow forecasts in Arizona. 
  • Florida's hurricane drought

    Florida's hurricane drought

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 4:22 PM EDT2014-08-06 20:22:36 GMT
    The last time Florida got hit with a hurricane was back in 2005, on October 25th. Which makes this current stretch the longest in Florida's history.
    The last time Florida got hit with a hurricane was back in 2005, on October 25th. Which makes this current stretch the longest in Florida's history.
  • See how much Lake Mead levels drop in just one year in images snapped from space

    See how much Lake Mead levels drop in just one year in images snapped from space

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-08-06 14:32:32 GMT
    Lake Mead began filling with water in May of 1937 upon completion of the Hoover Dam. After over two years of water flowing into the lake, water levels reached 1080', an important number for water managers. That number ensures states taking water out of Lake Mead have a consistent water source, and that the Hoover Dam hydroelectric power plant has enough water to function properly. 
    Lake Mead began filling with water in May of 1937 upon completion of the Hoover Dam. After over two years of water flowing into the lake, water levels reached 1080', an important number for water managers. That number ensures states taking water out of Lake Mead have a consistent water source, and that the Hoover Dam hydroelectric power plant has enough water to function properly. 
  • UA podcasts explore what a shortage in Lake Mead means for Arizona

    UA podcasts explore what a shortage in Lake Mead means for Arizona

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 9:10 AM EDT2014-08-06 13:10:02 GMT
    If Lake Mead water levels drop 6 more feet, shortage conditions could mean cutbacks in water supplied to Arizona, Nevada, California, and Mexico.
    If Lake Mead water levels drop 6 more feet, shortage conditions could mean cutbacks in water supplied to Arizona, Nevada, California, and Mexico.
  • Debunking the tire myth

    Debunking the tire myth

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:14:58 GMT
    It's a beautiful afternoon, and you're outside in the park. Then, a powerful thunderstorm moves in within minutes. There are no nearby structures or buildings for shelter, but your car is nearby so you make a run for it. After all, the tires will protect you from lightning strikes, right?  Wrong. It's an idea that was first thought of in the late 1800s, on bicycles. 
    It's a beautiful afternoon, and you're outside in the park. Then, a powerful thunderstorm moves in within minutes. There are no nearby structures or buildings for shelter, but your car is nearby so you make a run for it. After all, the tires will protect you from lightning strikes, right?  Wrong. It's an idea that was first thought of in the late 1800s, on bicycles. 
  • Drop in western U.S. groundwater seen from space, Arizona one of the worst hit

    Drop in western U.S. groundwater seen from space, Arizona one of the worst hit

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:18:36 GMT
    Drought continues to grip Arizona. Even after impressive July monsoon rain totals for parts of the state, nearly 98% of Arizona is experiencing some level of drought. Moderate, Severe, and Extreme Drought cover parts of Pima County where the Tucson Metropolitan area is located. Arizona isn't the only state experiencing drought. 
    Drought continues to grip Arizona. Even after impressive July monsoon rain totals for parts of the state, nearly 98% of Arizona is experiencing some level of drought. Moderate, Severe, and Extreme Drought cover parts of Pima County where the Tucson Metropolitan area is located. Arizona isn't the only state experiencing drought. 
  • Check rain totals in your neighborhood

    Check rain totals in your neighborhood

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:45 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:45:57 GMT
    Monsoon storms are spotty with a half inch of rain falling in one location, and a mile away - nothing. Recording rainfall at one location just doesn't make sense.
    Join a network of your neighbors and report rain totals in your area.
  • There are massive sinkholes in Russia. How did they get there?

    There are massive sinkholes in Russia. How did they get there?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:39:24 GMT
    Three large sinkholes have suddenly surprised the country of Russia the past few weeks and their appearances have surprised many experts.
    Three large sinkholes have suddenly surprised the country of Russia the past few weeks and their appearances have surprised many experts.
  • Monsoon Links: Stay safe during severe weather

    Monsoon Links: Stay safe during severe weather

    Find out how you can get the latest severe weather alerts to your mobile phone and e-mail, along with links to rain totals in your backyard, safety tips for when floods, thunderstorms, and dust storms hit, plus where to send you own pictures and video of the monsoon.
    Find out how you can get the latest severe weather alerts to your mobile phone and e-mail, along with links to rain totals in your backyard, safety tips for when floods, thunderstorms, and dust storms hit, plus where to send you own pictures and video of the monsoon.
  • 45 years since moon landing, documentary explores UA involvement

    45 years since moon landing, documentary explores UA involvement

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:45 AM EDT2014-07-22 09:45:03 GMT
    Sunday July 20, 2014 marks 45 years since man first stepped on the moon. This was made possible in-part by work done at the University of Arizona. A new documentary showing at the Flandrau Science Center on campus explores how U of A helped land man on the moon
    Sunday July 20, 2014 marks 45 years since man first stepped on the moon. This was made possible in-part by work done at the University of Arizona. A new documentary showing at the Flandrau Science Center on campus explores how U of A helped land man on the moon
  • Record highs outpacing record lows in recent decades

    Record highs outpacing record lows in recent decades

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-07-17 16:08:27 GMT
    But so far this year the trend is opposite. Not for Tucson but for the country as a whole thanks to a powerful Polar Vortex that froze much of the nation earlier this year.
    But so far this year the trend is opposite. Not for Tucson but for the country as a whole thanks to a powerful Polar Vortex that froze much of the nation earlier this year.
  • Cell phone warnings could save lives

    Cell phone warnings could save lives

    Thursday, June 12 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-06-12 14:48:51 GMT
    During the monsoon, storms can form in a matter of minutes and dangerous conditions can come out of seemingly no where. Radio and Television has traditionally been the source of most weather warnings,
    Cell phones are now giving you life-saving information during severe weather.

Chief meteorologist Kevin Jeanes offers tips on using our weather app and a tour for new users.

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  • 2014 a year of opposites; hot west, cool east

    2014 a year of opposites; hot west, cool east

    2014 a year of opposites; hot west, cool east

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-09-01 14:28:56 GMT
    "Either some part of the country is experiencing warm extremes or cold extremes, but not both. Only a handful of years have a pattern similar to 2014" according to Climate.gov
    "Either some part of the country is experiencing warm extremes or cold extremes, but not both. Only a handful of years have a pattern similar to 2014" according to Climate.gov
  • Sneak peek at Flandrau's new state-of-the-art planetarium

    Sneak peek at Flandrau's new state-of-the-art planetarium

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:37:28 GMT
    A piece of cutting edge technology is bringing the stars and planets down to earth in Tucson. It's the first of its kind anywhere in the country. 
    A piece of cutting edge technology is bringing the stars and planets down to earth in Tucson. It's the first of its kind anywhere in the country. 
  • Flandrau is going FullDome; new projection system first of its kind in the U.S.

    Flandrau is going FullDome; new projection system first of its kind in the U.S.

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:21:56 GMT
    The University of Arizona's Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is reaching beyond the stars. Over the summer Flandrau installed a state-of-the-art digital projection system in the Planetarium that immerses audience members in 360 degree views of not just the solar system, but weather back here on earth, the internal workings of our bodies, and much more. 
    The University of Arizona's Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is reaching beyond the stars. Over the summer Flandrau installed a state-of-the-art digital projection system in the Planetarium that immerses audience members in 360 degree views of not just the solar system, but weather back here on earth, the internal workings of our bodies, and much more. 
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