New Climate Maps Show Michigan To Be Good Place To Live In 2070
New climate data gathered by the Rhodium Group and analyzed by ProPublica and the New York Times shows that Michigan, along with much of the midwest, will be one of the most desired places to live in the near future.
The climate data showed the most desirable regions for humans to live in North America from 6,000 years in the past through 50 years in the future. The data was taken from the academic paper, "Future of the human climate niche".
The maps, posted by ProPublica, show that as temperatures rise, the temperate climate that is enjoyed across much of the central and northern United States will drift northward. The new data suggests that crop yields in the central United States would drop significantly, while increasing in the Great Lakes region.
Michigan's overall climate would stay very similar to how it is now and the coastline would only experience normal levels of erosion. There is also predicted to be a positive economic impact across the state due to the previously mentioned factors. The only real downside in the future is that heat and humidity will increase during the summer months in the lower peninsula, but we won't experience many more hot and humid days than we do now.
The findings posted by ProPublica include individual breakdowns for every county in America and predict changes in: temperature, number of hot and humid days, farm crop yields, sea level rise, number of very large fires, and economic damages/benefits. You can check out the whole study here.