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In the March 2019 edition of the CLIMAS Southwest Climate Podcast, Mike Crimmins and Zack Guido reflect on the winter so far, including the “frigid” temperatures and “exceptional” precipitation. They also contextualize the winter by looking at the last 5 years – mostly warmer and drier – vs. climatology — considering what a normal winter might actually look like in the Southwest. They also discuss snowpack across the west, and consider how widespread this winter activity has been within the West. In addition to a brief detour into the state of El Niño and possible implications, they also revisit Zack’s ski trip to slightly snowy Montana (instead of overwhelmingly snowed in Tahoe), and sum up the state of the precipitation bet for Jan-Feb-Mar (in case you missed it, Feb precipitation blew up the totals). They also have a new bet – whether we’ll see enough precipitation between now and May 31 to reach top 8 wettest status (Zack’s bet) or whether we’ll stay in the 8th-14th wettest range (Mike’s call).

January February March Total
Zack 1.25 0.75 0.9 2.9
Mike 1.5 1.0 0.3 2.8
Climatology 0.94 0.86 0.73 2.53
Actual 1.09 2.03 0.62 (as of Mar 15) 3.74 (as of Mar 15)

Citations

[1]March 2019 Southwest Climate Podcast - The Best Winter Since Last Winter Edition | CLIMAS .... https://www.climas.arizona.edu/podcast/march-2019-southwest-climate-podcast-best-winter-last-winter-edition[2]March 2019 Southwest Climate Podcast - The Best Winter Since Last Winter Edition | CLIMAS .... https://www.climas.arizona.edu/podcast/march-2019-southwest-climate-podcast-best-winter-last-winter-edition