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Analysis Predicts Climate in Four Corners Will Get Much Hotter

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

All the Four Corners states are listed among the 10 states with the fastest-warming summers. That’s according to an analysis by Climate Central, an independent organization researching climate change. Its “States at Risk” project considers summer temperatures since 1970 to project future heat waves for many metro areas in the U.S. The report says if current emission trends continue, by the year 2100, summers in Grand Junction and Albuquerque will be comparable to current summers in Laredo, Texas. Flagstaff will be like New Orleans, Salt Lake City like extreme southern Arizona, and Phoenix will be like Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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