Southwest's monsoon season may heat up with the climate

Southwest's monsoon season may heat up with the climate

Warmer temperatures may bring stronger rainy seasons over the long term, study finds

By Erin Wayman, 12:14 PM May 28, 2013

The summer monsoon that dumps rain on an otherwise-arid American Southwest may grow stronger as the climate warms, suggests a study of the region’s monsoon patterns of the last millennium.  

Across the Northern Hemisphere, monsoons — winds that change directions seasonally, altering rainfall — could intensify, the team reports May 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The results complement recent observations and simulations of monsoon activity, says Pang-chi Hsu, a climat...

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