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Exploring the future climate where you live


Now, you can type in your zip code and see the future.

At least, you can see how hot it’s probably going to be.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has updated the tool it calls Climate Explorer. It’s an interactive website loaded with data for each county in the U.S.

David Herring is with NOAA’s Climate Program office. He says you can type in your city or zip code, and see projections: for example, how many days might be hotter than 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

“It allows people to explore the intersections of valued assets: that can be human infrastructure, it can be natural ecosystems like marshlands or other parts of the built environment, and the intersection of those valued assets with climate related stressors," he says.

That means predictions for things like drought, and sea level rise. The tool includes modeling data through the year 2100.

It's part of NOAA's Climate Resilience Toolkitthat's aimed at helping business owners and city planners adapt to future changes.

Rebecca Williams is senior editor in the newsroom, where she edits stories and helps guide news coverage.
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