Colorado’s Summers Are Among Fastest Warming, Report Says — #Colorado Public Radio


From Colorado Public Radio (Grace Hood):

Colorado ranks among the top 10 states with the fastest-warming summers. And as the climate changes, temperatures could rise even more.

The information comes from the news and science organization Climate Central, which analyzed historical data and used more than two dozen different climate models to make future projections…

Historical data analyzed by Climate Central paint a picture of Colorado cities already seeing prolonged heat. Greeley and Fort Collins rank among the top 20 cities that have seen the fastest rate of increase in 90 degree days since 1970. Boulder ranked third among cities that have seen a change in air moisture.

The findings interest Colorado State University Epidemiologist Brooke Anderson, who studies the impact of heat on human health. She said current research shows that the risk of death and hospitalizations can increase during really hot weather…

In Colorado, one concern is that hotter summers can lead to increased ground-level ozone. Front Range residents are already familiar with ozone alerts, which warn the public to limit ozone causing pollutants. People who already have asthma and other respiratory illnesses may be particularly susceptible to negative impacts of high ozone.

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