Climate Central’s analysis shows how much hotter parks are projected to get later this century.

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises

With such a wide variety of climates across the park system, the country’s 59 National Parks all have different challenges to manage in the changing climate.

Kentucky is facing a dramatic rise in heat wave days in the coming decades, from about 15 per year today, to as many as 70 a year by 2050.

As the planet continues to warm from the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the temperatures that we consider to be normal are also rising.

More than 150,000 people living in Kentucky are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

Kentucky is projected to see a 95 percent increase in its widespread summer drought index by 2050. Significant drought years of Kentucky have caused billion dollar deficits in revenue from corn, soybeans, and hay alone.

While snowpack in more important to the western states and drought, Kentucky has seen an increase in the amount of winter precipitation falling as rain versus snow.

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

Nearly 1.5 million people in Kentucky, or 34 percent of the state's population, are living in areas at elevated risk of wildfire.

In Kentucky, there are more than 160,000 people living in areas at an elevated risk of inland flooding.

 Kentucky saw 69% percent of stations experience a lower percentage of winter precipitation falling as snow.

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