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A Tale of Two Cities: Miami, New York and Life on the Edge

A Tale of Two Cities: Miami, New York and Life on the Edge

Walking along the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale and admiring the 60-foot yachts docked alongside impressive homes, it’s hard to imagine that this city could suffer the same financial fate as Detroit. But it is almost as hard to imagine how they will avoid a similar crisis given the sea level rise predicted by scientists. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale … Read More

Hot and Getting Hotter: Heat Islands Cooking U.S. Cities

Hot and Getting Hotter: Heat Islands Cooking U.S. Cities

Cites are almost always hotter than the surrounding rural area but global warming takes that heat and makes it worse. In the future, this combination of urbanization and climate change could raise urban temperatures to levels that threaten human health, strain energy resources, and compromise economic productivity. Summers in the U.S. have been … Read More

California Has Hottest Start to Year While Midwest Chills

California Has Hottest Start to Year While Midwest Chills

The heat records keep falling for California. The state has had its hottest first seven months of the year, crushing the previous mark. Neighboring states have also baked, though not quite at record levels, helping contribute to both the spread of drought and large wildfires. At the same time, cool weather had a number of Midwest states … Read More

87 Cities, 4 Scenarios and 1 Really Hot Future

87 Cities, 4 Scenarios and 1 Really Hot Future

Global temperatures are rising, but nothing brings global warming home to people like a really hot summer day — those few days a year when it actually feels like the planet is boiling over. But what if those rare sweltering days, over 90° or 100°F, were not so rare and began to dominate summers? That could happen if carbon emissions continue … Read More

Has Your City Reached its Peak Heat Yet?

Has Your City Reached its Peak Heat Yet?

Statistically, the hottest time of year in the continental U.S. comes in mid-July, a few weeks after the sun reaches its highest point in the sky on the summer solstice. This year the solstice was on June 21. But that mid-July peak heat is just a national average: if you look at smaller regions, the peak temperature might come earlier (that’s true… Read More

Blistering Future Summers for 1,001 U.S. Cities

Blistering Future Summers for 1,001 U.S. Cities

During these dog days of summer, air conditioning and splash parks can help beat the heat, but climate change is making it harder to avoid simmering temperatures. Summers in most of the U.S. are already warmer than they were in the 1970s. And climate models tell us that summers are going to keep warming as greenhouse gas emissions continue. What … Read More

Number of ‘Hot Days’ Are on the Rise: See Your City

Number of ‘Hot Days’ Are on the Rise: See Your City

This is the warmest time of year in most of the U.S. And if we continue to pump heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, it’s going to get even warmer — not only in the summer, but throughout the year. “How warm?” is the obvious question. So we've shown how the numbers of extremely hot days are projected to increase by 2050 and 2100 if … Read More

A Graphic Tale: July 4th Climate Extremes in Your City

A Graphic Tale: July 4th Climate Extremes in Your City

The glorious Fourth of July brings several things to mind: independence, fireworks, parades, cookouts — and hot weather. While the East Coast will be dealing with Arthur this holiday, many other parts of the country will be dealing with heat. The Fourth isn’t always a scorcher, but the record high temperature for the date in most parts of the … Read More