Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Weather Forecast for 2080

In the year 2080 the climate in Washington D.C. will resemble the current climate experienced in the state of Mississippi. Portland will experience a climate similar to California's current climate. And Los Angeles will have a climate which resembles present day Las Palmas in Mexico.

You can find out what kind of climate your city can expect in 2080 on the University of Maryland's new interactive map, What Will the Climate Feel Like in 60 Years. The map is based on work by scientists Matt Fitzpatrick and Robert Dunn, who used different climate models to find the contemporary climatic analogs for the weather that 540 North American urban areas can expect in the late 21st century. The study behind the map revealed that the climate in U.S. cities will significantly change over this century, becoming similar to contemporary climates which are hundreds of kilometers away.

Using the interactive map you can click on a town or city to discover which current location has a climate which is similar to the climate you can expect in 2080. The map provides two different analogs for each urban area. One shows the climate analog based on a high emissions climate model and the other view provides a climate analog based on future where we have reduced emissions.

If you live outside the U.S. you can still find your climate analog for the year 2080. For example in 2080 London will experience weather which resembles the climate in Lima today. Frankfurt in Germany will be as hot as Malawi and living in Berlin will be like living in Lesotho in southern Africa.

You can find your 2080 climate twin using The Summer of 2080 Will Be This Warm interactive map. If you enter your location or click on your location on the map you can view the town or city in the world which has a climate now which is similar to the climate you can expect in your location in the year 2080. The map uses two different climate models. This allows you to find your climate twin for a global warming scenario of 4.2 degrees or 1.8 degrees.

When you search for your climate twin the map displays some details of the kind of weather experienced by your twin now (and which you can expect to experience in the year 2080). This includes the annual rainfall and the number of extreme hot and cold days.

1 comment:

Katleen Garcia said...

Woah this is too advanced! Hope we have something like this for Philippine weather today and for 2080!