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Climate Wizard

Posted June 10, 2009 4:23 p.m. EDT
Updated June 11, 2009 6:37 a.m. EDT

This is an ensemble average forecast of the change in normal precipitation across NC for the month of June between now and 2050, courtesy of ClimateWizard.org.  The scenario assumes the IPCC's "high" emission levels and predicts a slight increase in normal June precipitation near the NC/VA line, while normal June precipitation levels would decline across the rest of the state.  This is only one of a number of forecasts available.

Warmer or colder.  Wetter or drier.

We may not all agree on how the earth's climate is changing or why it's changing, but it's clear that it does change.  How it's changed, and how much, depends, of course, on where you are.  Some parts of N.C. have gotten warmer and drier, others, cooler and wetter.  Parts of the Triangle have gotten warmer and wetter.

Now, there's a "Web site where you can see those changes – and take a glimpse at how things may look 50 or more years down the road.  The ClimateWizard allows you to slice and dice precipitation and temperature data from three different "emission scenarios" as defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  Each scenario is run on four different global computer models, and the data are available on an annual, seasonal, or month-by-month basis.