An increase in stagnant summer air is expected to continue across the U.S.

Heat itself is one of the leading weather-related killers, and it’s also a significant contributing factor in creating ground-level ozone, which is a serious health hazard.

Kansas currently averages about 35 dangerous heat days a year. By 2050, the state is projected to see this double to 70 such days a year.

More than 70,000 people living in Kansas are especially vulnerbale to extreme heat. 

Cities tend to be warmer than the surrounding countryside, a phenomenon known as an urban heat island.

Analyses of future climate conditions indicate that maize, soybean, and grain sorghum yields would decrease approximately 2-12 percent at the state level in Kansas despite increases in irrigation application, suggesting that future drought will exceed the range that historical irrigation reactions can adapt to.

Kansas currently faces one of the top five greatest drought threats in the continental United States.

Climate Central analysis shows that the number of large fires on Forest Service land is increasing dramatically. 

Kansas' threat from wildfire is projected to nearly quadruple by 2050. 

More than 400,000 people living in Kansas, or 15 percent of the state's population, are living in areas at elevated risk of wildfire.

In Kansas, there are nearly 130,000 people living in areas at an elevated risk of inland flooding.

 Kansas saw particularly dramatic shifts in winter precipitation, with 79% percent of stations experiencing a lower percentage of winter precipitation falling as snow.

Across most of the country, the heaviest downpours are happening more frequently, delivering a deluge in place of what would have been routine heavy rain. 

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Georgia

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New York

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