How has a changing climate affected individual jurisdictions on this country’s east coast?
A coalition of mid-Atlantic universities, the Rand Corporation, and a federal agency have produced hundreds of individualized profiles with facts and figures about various effects.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program is funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and includes the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William & Mary. In 2022, the MARISA group unveiled profiles for communities in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. (view the map)
“On average, Albemarle County sees 4 days per year in excess of 95° Fahrenheit,” reads the profile for that community. “Within the next 50 years (by 2070), Albemarle County can expect a yearly average of 26 to 48 days above 95°F, with associated increases in cooling costs, reduced air quality, and heat-related illnesses.”
Supervisor Diantha McKeel passed out the profile for Albemarle to her colleagues on the Board including Samuel Miller District Supervisor Jim Andrews.
“I find it to be a really nicely put together summary of the effects of shifting seasons, changing temperature patterns, changing rainfall patterns, and to go along with that if you go to Engage Albemarle you’ll find a request to share your extreme weather-related experiences,” Andrews said.
There are similarities between all of the various MARISA community climate profiles, but here’s one unique detail given for the center of the metropolitan statistical area.
“Charlottesville’s summers are getting hotter and this is intensified by the Heat Island effect,” reads the one for that city.
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