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Wildfires continue to rage across Arizona

Firefighters in Pima and Coconino counties continue to battle three major wildfires raging across Arizona, and though monsoon rainfall could help firefighting efforts, the risks of runoff and flooding are high in areas downstream of the burn scar. ... Read more»

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Analysis

2021’s east-west weather divide: One side of the country too wet, the other dangerously dry

Alongside a global pandemic, 2021 was filled with climate disasters - some so intense they surprised the scientists who study them - and in the U.S., something in particular stood out: a sharp national precipitation divide, with one side of the country too wet, the other too dry.... Read more»

Eroding private border wall to get engineering inspection months after completion

Months after the “Lamborghini” of border walls was built along the Rio Grande, the builder agreed to an engineering inspection of his controversial structure. Experts say the wall is showing signs of erosion that threatens its stability.... Read more»

Before the flood: System to predict rising water is tested in Phoenix & Flagstaff

Researchers at Arizona's three state universities are monitoring water flows down hillsides and comparing them to historical trends on an app that will help users to stay safe after monsoons.... Read more»

Out of sight is out of mind: Small communities across U.S. struggle in shadow of larger disasters

Small towns struck by disasters often must rely on neighbors and non-profits more than federal assistance to rebuild in the aftermath.... Read more»

Climate change a largely ignored factor in Texas floods

Climate change is taking a toll on Texas, and the devastating floods across the state are some of the best evidence yet of that phenomenon, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said. But efforts to consider climate change policy in Texas have fallen flat. ... Read more»

Experts: Orbiting observatory mapping soil moisture will benefit Arizona

A recently launched NASA satellite that is gathering data on the planet's soil moisture will benefit Arizona decision-makers from the halls of government to fields where farmers need to know when to plant, a project scientist says. ... Read more»

Update: Weather Service lifts flood watch for Tucson

The path of Tropical Storm Odile has shifted to the east, and the National Weather Service has lifted a flash flood watch for Tucson. Heavy rains have fallen on Cochise and Santa Cruz counties, which remain covered by a flood advisory.... Read more»

Free sandbags going fast as Odile approaches

Officials have given out more than 18,000 free sandbags, and are having 60,000 more delivered from Phoenix. In preparation for heavy rain from tropical storm Odile, authorities are giving out free sandbags to residents who want to protect their homes. Raytheon sent employees home early, and several school districts have called off after-school activities.... Read more»1

All that rain had little impact on Phx reservoirs

Those who endured last week's record-breaking rain in the Valley won't get much of a payoff at their taps. That's because the storm didn't have a measurable effect on area reservoirs. ... Read more»

Filling sandbags: Phx mayor urges preparation for next big storm

After last week’s record rainfall, Phoenix officials are monitoring weather reports as Hurricane Odile moves north in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico. Mayor Greg Stanton said that officials are working together so that Phoenix is as prepared as it can be, adding that last week’s storm gives him confidence it will be.... Read more»

Two women killed trying to cross flooded washes

Two people died in separate incidents Monday when their vehicles were trapped by floods. A woman was killed in Tucson when her car was swept downstream after being trapped in a wash. Near Oracle Junction, another woman was found dead after she was swept away in a flooded wash.... Read more»

Weather Service issues flood watch

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the Tucson Metro area, Marana, Oracle, Pichacho Peak State Park, the Tohono O'odham Nation, Green Valley, Vail, Sierra Vista and Summerhaven on Tuesday.... Read more»

Update: Weather Service issues flood warning

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning south-central Pima County Monday evening, as well as flash flood watch for western Pima County, including the Tucson Metro area.... Read more»

Update: Flash flood warning for Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Tuesday morning for much of the Tucson area, extending northwest to Catalina.... Read more»

Weather Service issues flood advisory

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for central Pima County Wednesday afternoon. The advisory will remain in effect until 6:15 p.m.... Read more»

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