Stagnant air undermines progress torward clear air in St. Louis.

More than 170,000 people in Missouri are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

Cities are almost always hotter than the surrounding rural area but global warming takes that heat and makes it worse.

Currently, Missouri averages 15 days a year with temperatures reaching extreme and dangerous levels. By 2050, the state is projected to see more than 60 such days a year.

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises

By 2050, the typical number of heat wave days in Missouri is projected to more than quadruple, from nearly 15 to more than 60 a year,.

 The strong El Niño is not solely responsible for the warming planet. Global temperatures have been trending upward since 1950, regardless of whether or not the Pacific Ocean was in an El Niño, La Niña, or neutral phase.

Missouri is projected to see approximately a 70 precent increase in its index of the severity of widespread drought by 2050.

72% of meterological stations in Missouri are getting more winter precipitation as rain than snow.

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

More than 1.2 million people living in Missouri, or 20 percent of the population, are at elevated risk of wildfire.

By 2050, Missouri’s average number of days a year with high wildfire potential is projected to double from fewer than 10 to more than 20 days.

Heavy downpours triggered massive sewage overflows in St. Louis in December.

In Missouri, more than 220,000 people are living in areas at elevated risk of inland flooding

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