Welcome to the Southern Climate Monitor! | 3.11.2011

Today the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program and Southern Regional Climate Center are launching a new monthly publication called the Southern Climate Monitor. The Southern Climate Monitor, or Monitor for short, is an experimental climate outreach tool focused on the south central portion of the United States - specifically the states of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi.

The goal of the Monitor is to provide summaries of climate conditions in the region to provide a context for recent conditions. A new issue will come out in the early to mid portion of each month and provide a summary of conditions that occurred in the recently completed month. In addition, the Monitor will also include a unique monthly feature article that will focus on a variety of different topics throughout the year. These will include topics such as a summary of a recent extreme event (such as a tornado outbreak), assessments of past extremes, outlooks for an upcoming season (such as hurricane season, winter, etc.), a summary of a scientific research project, focus on a climate development such as an El Niño or La Niña, and so on.

We are calling the Monitor an experimental tool to emphasize that the publication can evolve with time based on feedback we receive from you. We look forward to your input so that we can improve the information provided.

And finally, a short section of the publication will be devoted to user submitted questions about climate in the region, so feel free to contact us at any time with a question. To provide any feedback or submit a question, you can reach us at

To view the first issue of the Monitor, click here. You can also look for future issues of the Monitor on our homepage at