Could Texas Really See Our Heat Index Reach 125?
A study by First Street Foundation, based on predicting the ramifications of climate change finds that our Texas heat index could reach 125 degrees at times over the next 30 years.
The study and report comes on the heels of the fact that Texas has been experiencing its worst drought in more than ten years as we see our lakes, reservoirs, rivers and other water resources drying up throughout the State. Even with strict water restrictions in place, we are in a dangerous situation with the loss of water. Texas is facing its worst drought since 2011 and we are feeling it's effects in a huge way.
Cotton farmers in West Texas, as well as numerous other agricultural industries are projecting billions of dollars in losses due to the current drought we are experiencing.
The study by the First Street Foundation said the population along the eastern and southern border will see the highest temperatures the most days.
When the study predicts that the heat index will reach 125 degrees at least once per year within the next 30 years in most Texas counties that differs from the actual air temperature of course. The heat index is the temperature felt by the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature. That's when you start hearing people say things like it may be 92 degrees, but it feels like 102. The study goes on to say that Texas will see more days with a heat index over 100 than 46 other states as more than 13% of Americans are expected to be affected by extreme heat.
The study also points out that one of the reasons Texas so hot is the lack of elevation. Bodies of water mixed with cooler temperatures from higher elevation tend to have a protective effect. Since most of the state of Texas is at or near sea level, the lower elevation tends to produce higher and sometimes extreme temperature increases.
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