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John Loleit, natural resources coordinator for Scottsdale, relies on his powers of observation to see the effects of climate change in the Sonoran Desert. He encourages visitors to do the same.

The latest summary of climate data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association predicts Arizona’s climate will continue to warm, leading to rising temperatures, more intense wildfires, and ongoing drought. Read more»

The Phoenix area had an active monsoon this year, and by the end of July, Phoenix had received 84% more monsoonal rain than all of last summer.

Arizona’s monsoon season officially ends Sept. 30, and this year’s rains already have made 2021 among the highest on record - though The Salt River Project, one of the state’s largest utilities, advises residents to continue to practice water conservation despite the summer rains. Read more»