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Climate Change in New York

Credit: gorgesafety.cornell.edu/Annual Temperature Projections

In New York, the average warming for the past century has been 0.25 degrees F each decade. This is a few degrees higher than the Northeast United States average of 0.16  degrees F each decade. Temperatures are predicted to only continue to rise in the Elmira Region of New York with, a predicted 1.8-3.8 degrees F rise by the 2020s, a 3.6-7.1 degrees F rise by the 2050s, and a 4.2-11.6 degrees F rise by the 2080s. Along with predicted rising temperatures, heat waves, which are when temperatures are above 90 degrees F for more than three days, are also predicted to become more frequent.  

 

Credit: math.cornell.edu

Annual Rain Projections

As temperatures are predicted to rise, annual rainfall is also expected to increase. In the Elmira Region of New York, we are predicted to experience an increase in annual rainfall with, a 4% decrease to a 9% increase by the 2020s, a 2 to 15% increase by the 2050s, and a 3-16% increase by the 2080s

Source: Horton, R., D. Bader, C. Rosenzweig, A. DeGaetano, and W.Solecki. 2014. Climate Change in New York State: Updating the 2011 ClimAID Climate Risk Information. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Albany, New York.