Guest essay by Eric Worrall
A report commissioned by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, in preparation for next year’s climate leaders summit, highlights the terrifying risk that Boston might get a decent climate.
According to the press release;
Climate change could be even worse for Boston than previously thought
The consequences of climate change on Boston are expected to be far more calamitous than previous studies have suggested, a new report commissioned by the city says.
In the worst case scenarios, sea levels could rise more than 10 feet by the end of the century – nearly twice what was previously predicted – plunging about 30 percent of Boston under water. Temperatures in 2070 could exceed 90 degrees for 90 days a year, compared with an average of 11 days now.
And changes in precipitation could mean a 50 percent decline in annual snowfall, punctuated by more frequent heavy storms such as nor’easter.
Read more: Boston Globe
Click here to see the report.
In my native Hervey Bay, the maximum temperature stays just under 90F with frequent excursions above for 4 months per year, between December to March. It is a lovely time of year – you never get cold, the sea is as warm as bathwater, everyone just feels like partying and enjoying themselves.
The projected sea level rise is obviously a bit more serious, but as previously noted in WUWT, even if the sea does rise significantly, in the 1850s the people of Chicago demonstrated that they knew how to defeat a few feet of water. Other cities such as Seattle also found innovative ways to defeat the floods. What was done in the 1850s could easily be done with today’s technology.
Tropical Storms are rarely a big deal, with the right civic infrastructure. My hometown has no problem handling deluges of 3-4 inches in a few hours, because we have well constructed tropical drainage systems. Perhaps if Boston city hall authorities spent less money commissioning climate reports, they would have enough cash to fix the drains.
Of course, in the real world the chances of Boston realising the glorious subtropical climate of my hometown are remote. Any Boston residents who are feeling the cold will likely still have to plan a retirement in the warm South, rather than waiting for the less than reliable predictions of global warming models to bring their dream climate to their home.