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Alyson Kenward Talks ‘Danger Days’ on WVM Radio

Our senior scientist and research director, Alyson Kenward, spoke with West Virginia Morning's Ashton Marra about the high number of "danger days" that West Virginia's capital city, Charleston, will face as the world warms. 

Climate change is about to make danger days a lot more common over the next 15 years. Charleston, W.Va., for example, is set to take on the title of Danger Day Capital of the U.S. by 2050, potentially facing 168 days a year of dangerously hot weather. "It's the humidity in a place like Charleston that is really driving the number of danger days that Charleston's going to face," Kenward said.

Of the 144 U.S. cities Climate Central analyzed, only 12 of them averaged more than one danger day per year since 1950. Most of those cities are clustered in the South where humidity tends to be worst in the morning while temperatures peak in the late afternoon.

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