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Tapped out? Developers argue there’s more water in Colorado River Basin

Despite exceptional drought conditions, some developers contend there still are places in the 246,000-square-mile Colorado River Basin to dam and divert water. Although some portions of the watershed are bracing for impending shortages, they say, other portions have surpluses.... Read more»

Arizona's droughts are growing hotter under climate change

Arizona is in its 21st year of drought, and climate change is bringing longer, more intense heat waves.... Read more»

Monsoon storms: Flash flood watch for Tucson, SE Arizona

Flash floods will be possible in and around metro Tucson until after midnight, officials said. A weather watch is in effect through 2 a.m. Thursday, with heavy monsoon rains meaning some roads and washes will be inundated.... Read more»

Happy when it rains... A monsoon tunes playlist

It's hot, it's humid, and it's (finally) raining buckets of cats and dogs across much of Tucson. Here are a few monsoon tunes to play as you celebrate.... Read more»

Heat warning: 108 possible in Tucson-area deserts

High temperatures forecast this week have officials warning of the possibility of dehydration and heat stroke. Temperatures on Friday could hit 108 degrees, with the mercury spiking to 111 or higher in Phoenix and Gila Bend.... Read more»

Western U.S. faces another ‘challenging’ wildfire season

Federal fire officials warned a Senate panel this week that the West should prepare for another “challenging” wildfire season, after a 2017 season that was the most expensive on record in terms of firefighting costs.... Read more»

Experts: Don’t look to monsoon for relief any time soon

What’s a monsoon without rain? Trouble, according to experts. With Arizona in the grip of a years-long drought, conditions are ripe for spawning intense wildfires and haboobs from the high winds and lightning that typically form the early part of annual rainy season, which begins next week.... Read more»2

Air quality advisory: Pima County hit with 'regional dust plume'

Pima County officials are cautioning residents to limit their outdoor activities because of the high level of dust in the air Thursday. A "regional dust plume" has raised the level of airborne particles, and cold weather may lead to more smoking fireplaces overnight, officials said.... Read more»

Long, cold night: Hard freeze for winter solstice in Tucson

The longest night of the year could be the coldest yet this winter: the National Weather Service is warning of widespread freezing weather in the Tucson area Thursday night, with temperatures dropping into the 20s before dawn Friday. Wrap your pipes, cover your plants, bring your pets inside and be kind to people who are outdoors at night.... Read more»

Nipping at your nose: Temps could fall into 20s overnight

The National Weather Service is warning of widespread freezing weather throughout the Tucson area on Thursday night, with some temperatures dropping into the 20s before dawn Friday. Wrap your pipes, cover your plants, bring your pets inside and be kind to people who are outdoors at night. ... Read more»

Rubberized highways, roofing cool urban heat islands in Az

Pavement originally built for durability and noise reduction can curb rising temperatures from urban heat islands – meaning the ribbons of freeways threading the Valley may lessen the effect of climate change, according to a new report.... Read more»

Bites increase during rattlesnake birthing season

Arizona is in the middle of rattlesnake birthing season, leading to an increased risk of snakebites, according to poison control experts. ... Read more»

How dog lovers sparked laws that could save kids in hot cars

This year, at least five states — Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and Texas — enacted laws to protect bystanders from being sued for breaking a car window to rescue a child in an emergency. Over the last four years, amid growing awareness of the dangers of leaving children alone in cars, at least 16 states have enacted such laws.... Read more»

Dust in the wind means air quality watch for Pima County

High levels of soot, dust and aerosol matter in the air have led officials to caution people with sensitivities to limit outdoor activities for the next day or so in the Tucson area.... Read more»

Happy when it rains... A monsoon playlist

It's hot, it's humid, and it's (finally) raining buckets of cats and dogs. Here are a few monsoon tunes to play as you celebrate.... Read more»2

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