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Geography, Climate, & the Environment

“[Arizona] is a fascinating state, rich in the beauty of its deserts and mountains, rich in the different cultures of its peoples.” ~Julie A. Campbell

Annotated lists of links to web-based resources categorized by subject.

Arizona Electronic Atlas
Arizona maps, formatted for easy printing and viewing. Create your own map using these map themes: Natural Resources, People and Society, Business and Economics, and People and Environment. Includes teaching resources and learning modules.

Arizona Maps
Public domain Arizona maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at The University of Texas, Austin. Arizona state maps; city maps; historic maps; maps of National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites.
Arizona almanac, symbols, geography, climate.

Arizona Geography and Maps
Includes detailed maps, blank outline maps, and basic geographic data.

Arizona Meteorological Network
The Arizona Meteorological Network (AZMET) is a near-real time weather information system that provides data of interest to Arizona’s landscape, horticultural, and agricultural industries. Presently, there are 20 automatic weather stations located throughout central and southern Arizona. Five stations gather weather data for the Phoenix area. AZMET will give you up-to-date information on how much water is evaporated from a typical lawn, yesterday’s high and low temperatures, and much more.

Weather in the Valley of the Sun
Facts and figures as reported by meteorologist Ed Phillips; plus heat and sun statistics, frost data, monsoon info, and more.

National Weather Service: Western Region
Western U.S. Weather, Arizona clickable forecast map, radar images, current weather news, etc.

Arizona Storm Center
The One Stop Site for Arizona Weather: Current Conditions, Warnings, Watches, Forecasts, Lightning Data, Rain Guage Data, Weather Cams, Highway Closures, Radar Images, Satellite Links, Wildfire Info, and more!

Arizona Climate Summaries
Climate data including maximum and minimum temperatures, precipitation, snowfall, etc. for hundreds of checkpoints all over the state.

United States Drought Monitor
Indexes, outlooks and news accounts that represent a consensus of federal and academic scientists.

Western Water Resources
Links to water resource issues of particular interest to Western States residents and students.

Arizona Project WET
Arizona Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an interdisciplinary, supplementary water education program for Arizona educators. Project WET provides teaching aids for kindergarteners through 12th graders. Public and private school teachers, 4-H leaders, Boy and Girl Scout leaders, and other groups will find WET resources and services valuable for learners of all ages.

Water CASA
The Water Conservation Alliance of Southern Arizona’s goal is to enhance the public’s awareness and understanding of water conservation issues, methods and practices.

Water Resources Research Center
The Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues through research, community outreach and public education.

Gardening in Arizona
Gardening in Arizona is different from many other part of the US, and many gardening books written for California or the East Coast don’t apply here. This site is dedicated to unique aspects of the US southwest deserts. Includes a map of Arizona Plant Climate Zones.

Southwest Gardening Information
Arid Southwest Gardening Information, by the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Includes the 1,000-page Arizona Master Gardener Manual available online, written by members of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. An essential reference for gardening in the desert southwest.

Southwest Paddler
The most comprehensive resource for information related to outdoors recreation on and near the rivers of Arizona and other southwestern states.

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