New model says Miami Valley could become part of an 'Extreme Heat Belt'
A new study from the First Street Foundation found the Miami Valley could soon be part of an “extreme heat belt.”
If the study’s modeling is correct, that means the region will have days in the summer where it feels like it's 125 degrees.
To put it another way, some models predict that living in southwest Ohio in 30 years will feel like living in modern-day Clarksville, Tennessee.
Heat like that could cause a lot of problems for the region, more heat-related illness, damaging severe weather events and lower farm production.
Lauren Casey, a meteorologist with the non-profit Climate Central, said she is not surprised by the results.
"Climate change is resulting in these episodes of extreme heat that are longer and more frequent,” Casey said. “That is only going to continue as we continue to increase our emissions."
But Casey said there is hope.