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The Cocopah Indian Tribe is the first in the state of Arizona to be certified by the National Weather Service as being both a Weather-Ready nation and StormReady.

KAWC’S Stephanie Sanchez reports.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Oct 21. that 2015 may be the hottest year on record. Global temperatures are record highs for seven months of the year to-date.

In Arizona, the daily high temperatures in 2015 have been warm, so far ranking in the top ten hottest years since 1895. But the state is experiencing a more drastic shift in nighttime temperatures.

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The National Weather Service relies on trained citizens to collect data during heavy rainfall, such as the record-setting storms seen in southwestern Arizona Tuesday.

A Somerton resident’s rain gauge collected more water during Tuesday’s storms than the area sees on average during an entire year.

Moisture from Hurricane Linda – now off the coast of Baja California – created what’s called a gulf surge. In the middle of the resulting severe storms in southwestern Arizona, a resident trained by the National Weather Service collected 4.6 inches in her rain gauge.

OSHA App Offers Tips For Surviving Extreme Arizona Heat

Jun 18, 2015

Rising temperatures have much of Arizona and the Southwest under an extreme heat advisory until Monday.

As part of a statewide heat-safety campaign, the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health is using the ubiquity of cellphones to spread the word about heat safety to outdoor workers, as well as the general public.

Record June Rainfall Causes Harvest Concerns

Jun 10, 2015

The rainfall Tuesday from tropical storm Blanca made it the second wettest day in June on record for Yuma. The daily total was 0.31 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

While any rain is good news overall for the drought-prone Southwest, as KAWC’s science correspondent Amanda Solliday reports, the timing of the precipitation also brings some worries to area farmers.

June is typically the driest month for the region. But an unexpected rain Tuesday has growers near Yuma waiting to see what damage the moisture may cause for their crops.