Comments on: Is the U.S. West going the way of parched Australia? Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Anubis Tue, 10 Mar 2009 15:51:24 +0000 NOAA and Scripps computer generated models predicted a hotter and drier southwest for almost ten years now. They also predicted increased wildfire activity,and loss of habitat. These developments should be no surprise to anyone.