Using The NYT Climate Tool, See How Temperatures Have Changed Since Your Birth

Dallas, Texas, could see about 129 days per year where temps are over 90 degrees by 2061, compared to 92 days in 1981.

The New York Times has launched a climate tool that allows users to chart how much hotter their hometowns have become as climate change pushes temps upward across the globe.

By choosing a city and entering one’s birth year, users can see just how much hotter their hometown is today compared to the year they were born — a measure tracked by how many days each year the area could expect to see temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).

As of 2018, the median age in the United States is 38.1 years of age. 38.1 years ago was approximately Tuesday, June 2, 1981.

At that time, Dallas, Texas, could expect to see about 92 days where temperatures breached the 90 degree mark; today, the average number of days this happens is 106. And when someone born in 1981 turns 80 years old? They will likely see somewhere around 129 days each year with temps above 90 degrees.

Here are the stats for several more cities:

New York, New York

  • 1981 — about 8 days over 90 degrees per year
  • Today — about 11 days per year
  • 2061 — about 26 days per year

Los Angeles, California

  • 1981 — about 8 days over 90 degrees per year
  • Today — about 67 days per year
  • 2061 — about 88 days per year

Atlanta, Georgia

  • 1981 — about 34 days over 90 degrees per year
  • Today — about 51 days per year
  • 2061 — about 81 days per year

Omaha, Nebraska

  • 1981 — about 32 days over 90 degrees per year
  • Today — about 30 days per year
  • 2061 — about 60 days per year

Denver, Colorado

  • 1981 — about 11 days over 90 degrees per year
  • Today — about 15 days per year
  • 2061 — about 33 days per year

Even with efforts by countries to lower greenhouse gas emissions through the end of the century, such high temperatures will become more commonplace around the globe, according to “an analysis conducted for The New York Times by the Climate Impact Lab, a group of climate scientists, economists and data analysts from the Rhodium Group, the University of Chicago, Rutgers University and the University of California, Berkeley.”

Some regions will cope more effectively with the influx of days over 90 degrees, such as areas like Phoenix, Arizona, the Times noted, where hot temps are already a force to contend with; but in places like Montreal, the adjustment could prove more difficult.

“More very hot days worldwide bring direct and dangerous impacts on people and the systems on which we depend,” said Cynthia Rosenzweig, head of the Climate Impacts Group at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. *“*Food, water, energy, transportation, and ecosystems will be affected both in cities and the country. High-temperature health effects will strike the most vulnerable.”

Check out your own hometown stats here.

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