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Climate Change Forecasts For Your Backyard From NOAA

noaa_climate_explorerGet it while you can — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a tool on that can show the effects of climate change on your, or anyone’s, neck of the woods.

Sea level rise might not sound dangerous in the middle of flyover country, so how about a sharp rise in the number of days over 95 degrees? Or an increase in storm severity and frequency?

The last three years in a row — 2014, 2015, 2016 — were the hottest years since record keeping began, but not everywhere felt the effects to the same, um, degree. This NOAA model, a part of the 2016 US Climate Resilience Toolkit, gives a good idea of what anyone anywhere might be able to expect, given two different scenarios – one in which humans do a little to curb climate change, and one if humans do nothing.


Even Scott Pruitt’s Kids’ Kids Will Have To Deal With This. Forecasts For New York City, Courtesy NOAA

That said, do get it while you can – with an administration of climate change deniers there’s no telling how much longer the .gov side of things will have funding to do this kind of research, or even how long existing research might be available.

h/t Inhabitat and the hippies over at the International Business Times