What will your city feel like in the year 2080? If you’re a
frequent traveler in these United States, you might already know. A
Tuesday in the science journal Nature Communications breaks down
future warming by drawing parallels for 540 North American urban
In 60 years, New York could feel like today’s Arkansas.
Chicago is on a crash course for Kansas City. San Francisco’s
blustery weather is destined to warm to Southern California
temperatures. Raleigh, North Carolina, will feel like Tallahassee,
Florida. You get the picture. The study used the highest warming
scenario, an outcome where we don’t mitigate emissions and the
planet warms around 8.8 degrees F, to map it out.
— Trevor W. Eischen (@TrevEischen)
February 13, 2019
As a New Yorker, I’m tempted to think a winter that’s 5
degrees warmer and around 20 percent drier wouldn’t be so bad.
Fewer hours spent on a freezing subway platform? Sign me up. LA is
supposed to feel like Cabo by 2080; does that mean residents of the
City of Angels should be prepping for a permanent vacation? Hell
no! If emissions stay on their current trajectory, the only
vacation we’ll all be taking is a direct flight to purgatory.
Late last year, Grist took the latest federal climate science
data and used it to
break down what we can expect climate change to do to different
regions by the end of the century. It’s not pretty. If warming
temperatures existed in a vacuum, sure,
why not take a permanent trip to Arkansas or Cabo, but rising
temperatures are accompanied by a host of plagues that rival the
ones Moses brought
upon the people of Egypt.
My neck of the woods, the Northeast, is looking at the “the
largest temperature increase in the contiguous United States.”
That means more ticks, fewer dragonflies, a maple syrup deficit,
delayed ski seasons, and “anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic
stress disorder” following extreme weather events. Fun!
The Southeast can expect hot nights that turn hotter days into a
living nightmare. And don’t even get me started on the lionfish,
which is going to make it’s creepy way closer to the Atlantic
coast as waters warm. And what of California, where Los Angelinos
can expect destination-wedding temperatures? The state has
mega-droughts and wildfires in store for it, among other
Now that you’re sad (sorry!), here’s the good news: If we
reduce emissions and get on track for a lower emissions scenario
where the planet warms 4.3 degrees F, the temperature forecast
looks less scary. Case in point: in this lower scenario, New York
feels like Lake Shore, Maryland, Raleigh feels like Louisiana, and
LA feels like neighboring Monterey Park, California.
This story was originally published by Grist with the headline
This map shows you what your city will feel like in 2080 and boy,
are we in for a treat on Feb 13, 2019.
Source: FS – All – Science – News
This map shows you what your city will feel like in 2080 and boy, are we in for a treat