This new map reveals how climate change could hit your hometown

A new interactive map lets you peer 60 years into the future of cities in North America — and no matter where you look, the outlook is worrying. Temperatures climb, precipitation shifts, and the Charlotte, North Carolina of the future winds up feeling more like the Tallahassee, Florida of today.

The map, released today along with a study in the journal Nature Communications, forecasts the future climates for 540 cities in North America — connecting them to climates that we know. So instead of just saying that San Francisco, for example, will be 6.9℉ warmer and 40 percent drier than it is today, the map draws a line to the closest climate analogy, which, in this case, is a city in LA County.

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