End of Freezing in Many States by 2099?

PRINCETON, N.J., March 31 (UPI) — A U.S. organization called Climate Central says its preliminary figures show average future U.S. March temperatures will be higher because of climate change.

The organization’s scientists say they have just published an interactive map showing what various states might expect during the third month of years to come.

Climate Central said its map uses special high-resolution projections covering the lower 48 states to show where average March temperatures are expected to be above or below freezing each decade this century. The group’s maps also compare projections under a reduced-carbon-pollution scenario versus a high one that extends current trends.

The scientists say their findings show either a high or complete loss of freezing zones by the end of the century in every state analyzed.

“Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota would lose the most total below-freezing area, while seven other states — from Arizona to Wisconsin — are projected to lose all they currently have,” the scientists said in a statement.

“These maps imply future changes the research community is only beginning to appreciate,” said Climate Central scientist Ben Strauss.

Climate Central says it is an organization of scientists and journalists “dedicated to communicating the best and latest climate science.”

The maps are available at http://www.climatecentral.org/.

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