Cities across the country taking the heat of climate change
POSTED: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 2:57pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 10:03pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The National Climate Assessment was released last Tuesday and the information it revealed was intense to say the least.
Usually the assessment will rank cities or areas that will be hit the hardest, rather this assessment showed some of the communities across the US that could be hit hard by one aspect of climate change or another.
Starting off with the East coast.
As you may have expected, heavy precipitation or flooding is most likely for this area.
Burlington, Vermont; Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rode Island.
In the past six decades we have seen quick outbursts of rain and snow, or extreme precipitation increase by more than 70 percent.
This is the highest percentage increase of any location in the country.
Clear examples lay with Hurricane Irene in 2011, one of the top weather disasters in Vermont's history.
The heavy rain and resulting floods are undermining aging bridges, eroding roads and overwhelming drainage systems, according to the National Climate Assessment.
The consistency of heavy downpours is projected to continue to increase as the century progresses.
Heading to the Midwest.
Expect big heat waves to roll through.
Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis, and Kansas City.
The rate of warming in the Midwest has markedly sped up over the past few decades, according to the NCA.
Between 1900 and 2010 the average Midwest air temperature increased by more than 1.5 degrees.
For the entire country , death increases 4% during heat waves compared to non-heat-wave days, according to the NCA report.
Scientists are predicting that heat stress will increase as a result of both increased summer temperatures and humidity.
One study suggests there will be an increase of deaths related to heat waves anywhere from 166 to 2,217 per year in Chicago alone.
Closer to the Southeast
allergies are going to be a big issue in for areas like Louisville, Atlanta, Memphis, Richmond, Virginia and Birmingham Alabama.
Climate change can contribute to shifts in flowering time and pollen initiation from allergenic plant species and increased carbon dioxide by itself can elevate production of plant based allergens.
Get ready for more wildfires to come our way.
Denver, Albuquerque and Phoenix.
With increased warming, you can expect to see more drought, and insect outbreaks.
This type of climate change has helped increase wildfires.
Did you know that the bark beetle infestations have been able to spread more easily due to the short winters and longer summers many southwest cities have experienced.
This is leaving many acres of tinder dry dead forests.
Across the nation, climate change is being blamed for lengthening the nation's wildfire season. Scientists are predicting larger and more frequent wildfires in the southwest.
Fire models indicate more wildfire and increased risks to communities across extensive areas in the Western US.
Get ready to see more sever drought and water issues.
Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.
As we all know the southwest is the hottest and driest region in the nation.
This is where the availability of water has defined its landscapes, and modern history, according to the NCA.
This climate change is now posing challenges for an already parched region and is expected to get hotter and significantly drier.
Increased heat and changes to rain the snow pack will send ripple effects affecting 56 million people in the southwest, and this number is expected to increase to 94 million by 2050, according to the NCA.
(Information gathered was in part from USA Today Weather)