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Climate change study finds big changes for Tennessee cities in 2080

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A new study examining climate change and potential future impacts found depending on where you live in Tennessee, the climate could see some big changes.

Published in Nature Communications on Tuesday, the study examined 540 urban areas in America and the impacts climate change could have in the 2080s.

Researchers used climate-analog mapping to match the future climates of the areas in 2080 to what it would most-resemble in today's climate. Factors used in the mapping include temperature change, precipitation change, emissions models, and 27 different earth system models.

Researchers also released an app where you can check your area. HERE


In Nashville, the 2080 climate will feel most like today's climate in Saraland, Alabama according to the study's findings. That would mean a typical winter will feel 13.5 degrees warmer than it does currently in Nashville and be 22.8% wetter.


In Murfreesboro, for high emissions, Murfreesboro will feel like today's current climate in Hammond, Louisiana. The typical winter there is 13.2 degrees warmer and 26.4% wetter.


In Chattanooga, the study found in 2080, it will feel most like Saraland, Alabama. Temperatures during the summer would be 4.2 degrees warmer and 39.8% wetter than Chattanooga's current summers.


Knoxville in 2080 would feel most like today's climate in Brookhaven, Mississippi. That area is 11.1 degrees warmer in winter and 26.6% wetter.


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In Memphis, researchers found the climate in 2080 would feel most like today's climate in Brenham, Texas. That would equate to an increase of 5.3 degrees in the summer and 22.8% drier than the summers currently in Memphis.

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