June 21, 2011
An air tanker drops a load of flame retardant in a vain effort to keep the Wallow Fire from becoming the largest in Arizona history. Climate experts said rising temperatures will spawn more fires.
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Arizona catches fire. The drought returns. The monsoons flicker. The streams dwindle. The spring goes bone dry. Tornadoes touch down on the Rim. What the heck’s going on around here? A rush of new climate studies suggest that the steady rise of global temperatures has already ushered in dramatic and unpredictable weather patterns — inflicting a sputtering drought in the Southwest at the same time it floods the Mississippi and sends tornadoes rampaging across the Midwest.