Rainy weather patterns in the southwestern United States are becoming less frequent. It’s a trend that could signify the region’s transition to a drier climate state—one characterized by megadroughts and dramatic changes to the environment.
It’s been a common refrain in the Midwest this year: If only we could pipe all this rain to the West. But a new NASA visualization shows just how drastic the difference has been.
In the 121 years that precipitation has been recorded in the contiguous U.S., no months were as wet as the one experienced this past May.
Climate scientists are reporting that increasing rainfall in the world's warmest and wettest regions are being fueled by a recent surge in large, well-organized thunderstorms.