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Autumn Comes To The Desert

Autumn Comes To The Desert

The Hidden Desert: The shifting seasons bring changes to the Mojave Desert
California Now Holds World's Heat Record

California Now Holds World's Heat Record

The Hidden Desert: The world's meteorologists agree: Death Valley holds the record for World's Hottest Place. Sort of.
Rain in the Desert: Monsoons, Flash Flooding, and Wildflowers

Rain in the Desert: Monsoons, Flash Flooding, and Wildflowers

Weather: Desert writer Craig Childs wrote that the two easy ways to die in the desert are thirst and drowning.
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Bigger, More Frequent Storms Hit Southern California, Finds Global Warming Study

Bigger, More Frequent Storms Hit Southern California, Finds Global Warming Study

Weather: "Southern California and parts of the Central Valley are experiencing up to 72% increase in the frequency of extreme storms with a 7% increase in the intensity of the storms as well," says the Environment California Research & Policy Center.
2012 Spring Season was the Warmest in Over 100 Years

2012 Spring Season was the Warmest in Over 100 Years

Weather: This past spring season (March to May) was the warmest across the contiguous U.S. since 1910, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists announced today.
Dear Texas: Don't Pray for a Hurricane to Stop the Fires!

Dear Texas: Don't Pray for a Hurricane to Stop the Fires!

Golden Green: Texas is deep in drought and burning up, but, as happened in 1921, a hoped-for hurricane might proved even more deadly.
Thunderstorms Hit The California Desert

Thunderstorms Hit The California Desert

Weather: There are two basic kinds of desert rainstorms and this isn't one of them.
Breaking: Dormant Mojave Desert Volcano Is Dormant

Breaking: Dormant Mojave Desert Volcano Is Dormant

Weather: This month's breaking news from the Central Mojave: The Pisgah Crater, a cinder cone two miles south of Interstate 40 near Ludlow, California that has likely been dormant for at least 20,000 years, is not erupting.
Monsoons and Haboobs in the American Desert

Monsoons and Haboobs in the American Desert

Weather: The nation's eyes were briefly on Phoenix, AZ this week, as that sprawling city found itself in the path of a violent, mile-high dust storm -- a haboob, from the Arabic word for "phenomenon."