Julie Campoli

How Much Hotter?

Julie Campoli
How Much Hotter?

A few days ago, as the nation suffered under a scorching heat wave, the New York times published a story about how extreme heat events will intensify under the effects of human-induced climate change. Vermont’s northern latitude and extensive vegetative cover has protected us from the punishing heat experienced by residents of other states, but an online calculator accompanying the article revealed that we can’t count on those attributes to keep us cool in future decades. A few minutes with How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born? makes it clear how much hotter Vermont summers will become as the century unfolds.

Today Bennington can expect 1 day a year to be at or above 90 degrees. By the end of the century models show there could be 9 days of sweltering heat.

Today Bennington can expect 1 day a year to be at or above 90 degrees. By the end of the century models show there could be 9 days of sweltering heat.

At the northern end of the state, Newport will fare better, with an expected 5 and possible 10 days of heat in he 90s, but still a huge leap above 20th century temperatures.

At the northern end of the state, Newport will fare better, with an expected 5 and possible 10 days of heat in he 90s, but still a huge leap above 20th century temperatures.