The Washington Post discusses how to use The Post’s climate data analysis. Data from The Post’s Pulitzer-winning series is available on GitHub. Hot spots — areas where the climate is changing at a significantly faster rate than the planet as a whole — have appeared in the United States. These hot spots jeopardize farming and water supplies in Colorado, drive up wildfire dangers in California, threaten forests in Minnesota and erase pastimes, like ice fishing in New Jersey, that are dependent on a climate that no longer exists. The Post found that more than 1 in 10 Americans — 34 million people — are living in counties that have warmed by more than 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, since the late 1800s.
The Post is now making its analysis of U.S. climate data accessible to the public to promote a deeper understanding of the regional and local effects of climate change. The data will allow you to create your own charts showing the changing temperatures in your county or state, map temperature change in your region and explore seasonal differences in climate change.