Two drought-related things crossed my desk today. The first was the CLIMAS southwest outlook, documenting growing drought conditions where I live.
The second involves drought in Niger. Drought’s a complicated thing, and it’s worth remembering that climate is not the only driver. A society’s resiliency is key, and Niger clearly has just about no margin when rainfall declines. But it was humbling to remember that when a “drought” happens here in the southwestern United States, people don’t die.
It’s probably old news to climatologists, but I came across this today: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/12/1220_051220_warmest_year.html
Coupled with your ABQ temp charts, I think the evidence is mounting….