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5/11/2007

NASA study: Eastern U.S. to get hotter

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Image: Future eastern United States summers look much hotter than originally predicted with daily highs about 10 degrees warmer than in recent years by the mid-2080s, a new NASA study says. (AP Graphic)
May 11, 2007
Future eastern United States summers look much hotter than originally predicted with daily highs about 10 degrees warmer than in recent years by the mid-2080s, a new NASA study says. Previous and widely used global warming computer estimates predict too many rainy days, the study says. Because drier weather is hotter, they underestimate how warm it will be east of the Mississippi River. In the 2080s, the average summer high will probably be 102 degrees in Jacksonville, 100 degrees in Memphis, 96 degrees in Atlanta, and 91 degrees in Chicago and Washington. But every now and then a summer will be drier than normal and that means even hotter days. Simulated results for July 2085 show the average high in the southeast neared 115 and pushed 100 in the northeast. Even Canada flirted with the low to mid 90s. The study got mixed reviews from other climate scientists, in part because the eastern United States has recently been wetter and cooler than forecast.
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