Climate change summary

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Key Findings

  • Since 1960, all but two southern capital cities (Montgomery, AL, and Oklahoma City, OK) have experienced a statistically significant increase in average annual temperature (approximately 0.016° C), but none has experienced significant trends in precipitation.
  • The South is forecasted to experience warmer temperatures for the duration of the 21st century; forecasts are mixed for precipitation changes during the same period.
  • Climate predictions range from wet and warm (1167 mm/19.06° C) to moderate and warm (1083 mm/19.45° C and 1106 mm/19.27° C) to dry and hot (912 mm/20.22° C).

  • Citation: McNulty, Steve; Moore Myers, Jennifer; Caldwell, Peter; Sun, Ge 2013. Climate change summary. In: Wear, David N.; Greis, John G., eds. 2013. The Southern Forest Futures Project: technical report. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-GTR-178. Asheville, NC: USDA-Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 27-43.

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