Climate change to bring more heat, less rain to U.S. northeast


  • Sarah Zielinski


If greenhouse gas emissions are not curtailed, the Northeast United States will experience higher average temperatures, less snow, and more drought, according to a 4 October synthesis report from the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists and a team of independent scientists from across the country. The scientists reviewed current research and models, and they found that by the end of the century, temperatures in the region would increase by 3.6–6.9°C, the number of days with snow on the ground would be reduced by 50%, and major cities could experience 30 to 60 summer days (compared with 10 to 15 days, historically) with temperatures exceeding 32.2°C. If emissions are reduced, less dramatic change could be expected, the report indicates. The report, “Climate Changes in the U.S. Northeast,” is the first in a series that will assess the impact of climate change in the region on forests and agriculture, coastal and marine resources, and human health.