About John Abatzoglou

John is an associate professor of Geography at the University of Idaho. John's interests are centered around climate and weather of the American West and their impacts to people and natural resources of the West. John and his Applied Climate Science Lab at the University of Idaho have published nearly 100 papers and book chapters on climate science, meteorology, and applied climate science connecting climate to water resources, wildfire and agriculture. The research group also develops web-based climate services that connect climate data with decision makers to help improve climate readiness of societies and ecosystems.

Northwest Climate Recap

The Climate CIRCulator

Following a record-breaking wet winter, one of the coldest some parts of the Northwest have experienced in over two decades, many were looking forward to the warm and dry summer months. This summer delivered and then some.

The Northwest, British Columbia, and California experienced an exceptionally warm and surprisingly dry summer, helping create an especially busy and unexpectedly destructive fire season.

So how warm, dry, and fiery was the summer of 2017 for the Northwest? We give you the numbers in this Northwest Climate Currents.

Let’s start with a definition of summer.

Climatologists define summer as June through August, even though for most of the Northwest—that’s Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and western Montana—the first weeks of June can be gloomy and wet and the first weeks of September sunny and dry. So, let’s provide a Northwest-specific definition of summer. Let’s consider summer to be the 90-day period…

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