Interactive map shows you the weather forecast for 2100
There has been no shortage of predictions for how the future will look as the climate changes. We've seen predictions of sea level rise, forest changes, increasing natural disasters and more, but sometimes those things still feel abstract.
What about the day to day? What if you could see the average summer and winter temperatures for your city 75 years from now?
The researchers over at Climate Central wanted to show people just that, so they crunched the numbers from data sets from DayMet to calculate 1,001 American cities' average winter temperatures and PRISM for the summer temperatures. They also compared the temperatures to what is forecast for the same areas by the UN's RCP8.5 model, which predicts the Earth's temperatures if we do nothing to reduce CO2 emissions. They then created two interactive maps that show you your city's average summer and winter temperatures in the year 2100.
Below is the winter map. Just type in your city's name and it will draw a line to the U.S. city that currently most closely matches the future temperatures. For instance, Boston will have the same average winter temperatures in 2100 that Marietta, Georgia does now. Marietta residents will experience winters like those in San Antonio, Texas come 2100.
Summer temperature changes are similarly alarming. In 2100, New Yorkers will feel Southern Florida summer heat of an average of 91.76°F instead of the current 82°F average. Cities in Souther Florida will feel like they're on the Mexico border, hitting averages in the high 90's.
The El Niño year has people throughout the country experiencing warmer than typical temperatures this winter, but these interactive maps show that those mild temperatures will become the new normal by the end of the century, especially if we don't significantly reduce carbon emissions.