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

More than 25,000 people living in Montana are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

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.

Currently, Montana averages 5 days a year with temperatures exceeding dangerous or extremely dangerous levels. By 2050, the state is projected see nearly 15 such days a year.

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises

Summers in most of the U.S. are already warmer than they were in the 1970s, and climate models tell us that summers are going to keep getting hotter as greenhouse gas emissions continue.

Montana faces one of the highest overall threats in the country from widespread summer drought.

Montana is projected to see an approximately 95 percent increase in severity of widespread drought by 2050. Montana’s index of the severity of widespread drought is projected to be 143 by 2050, on a scale where a 100 represents the current worst threat to a state in the U.S. (currently held by Texas).

66 percent of meterological stations in Montana are getting more winter precipitation as rain than snow.

Winter snowpack, which is important to the western states in relation to drought, has been on the decline since 1981.

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

Over the past 45 years, Montana has seen a larger percentage increase in the number of large fires than any other western state.

More than 600,000 people living in Montana, or 62% of the state's population, are living in areas at elevated risk of wildfire.

What's Happening in Your Region?

Montana

Documenting Glaciers in the Dying Days of Ice

Glacier National Park is a 'poster child' for climate change... More

Wyoming

Large Wildfires Are Now More Common and Destructive

Spring and summer — two key seasons for wildfires — have warmed 2.1°F across the West, on average... More

Washington

Wildfires Are Ruining the National Park Service’s Birthday

Smoke from large wildfires is obscuring some of the stunning vistas that inspired the preservation of these places and the creation of the National Park Service in the first place... More

Oregon

Pacific Northwest’s ‘Wet Drought’ Possible Sign of Future

California isn't the only place suffering drought; the Pacific Northwest is suffering from a lack of snow... More

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