Figure : wv-observed-and-projected-temperature-change

Observed and Projected Temperature Change

Figure 48.1

Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites - NC
Kenneth E. Kunkel

This figure appears in chapter 48 of the NOAA-led State Summaries 2017 report.

Observed and projected changes (compared to the 1901–1960 average) in near-surface air temperature for West Virginia. Observed data are for 1895–2014. Projected changes for 2006–2100 are from global climate models for two possible futures: one in which greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase (higher emissions) and another in which greenhouse gas emissions increase at a slower rate (lower emissions). Temperatures in West Virginia (orange line) were highest in the 1930s and lowest from the 1960s through the 1980s. Temperatures have risen about 1°F since the 1960s, and in the 21st century have been comparable the levels of the 1930s and early 1950s. Shading indicates the range of annual temperatures from the set of models. Observed temperatures are generally within the envelope of model simulations of the historical period (gray shading). Historically unprecedented warming is projected during the 21st century. Less warming is expected under a lower emissions future (the coldest years being about as warm as the hottest year in the historical record; green shading) and more warming under a higher emissions future (the hottest years being about 12°F warmer than the hottest year in the historical record; red shading). Source: CICS-NC and NOAA NCEI.

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The time range for this figure is January 01, 1900 (00:00 AM) to December 31, 2100 (00:00 AM).

This figure was created on August 12, 2015.

The spatial range for this figure is 37.2017° to 40.6378° latitude, and -77.7189° to -82.6444° longitude.

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