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Urban areas such as Phoenix have had more pronounced climate change due to the “heat sink” effect of buildings and streets. (Photo by Tom Tracey)

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Arizona is getting hotter, dryer than 50 years ago

Arizona 5 C's -- Copper, Cattle, Citrus, Cotton and Climate

TEMPE -- Along with the "5 C's," another catch phrase of the 50's, 60's and 70's was, "It's a dry heat." Later in the 90's, it was "Blame it on El Nino." Now we hear, "Thanks to global warming."

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Arizona is getting hotter, dryer than 50 years ago

Arizona 5 C's -- Copper, Cattle, Citrus, Cotton and Climate

TEMPE -- Along with the "5 C's," another catch phrase of the 50's, 60's and 70's was, "It's a dry heat." Later in the 90's, it was "Blame it on El Nino." Now we hear, "Thanks to global warming."