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South Central RISA Creates Texas Temperature Dashboard

  • 25 May 2021

This month, the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), a CPO Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) team, in collaboration with Texas Sea Grant released a new dashboard that shows historical trends in temperatures for locations across the state of Texas. While other resources exist that present regional or national trends in temperatures, few tools provide such information on a local level. This dashboard helps to fill that gap, offering location-specific information about changes in temperature in the last 50 years.

The dashboard presents trends in extreme heat, extreme cold, warm nights, heating and cooling degree days, seasonal average temperatures, seasonal extreme temperatures, and yearly average temperatures from 1970-2019 for 75 stations (point locations) in Texas. The graphs show both individual data points for each year and overall trend lines and can be downloaded as images. The dashboard also includes a link to a fact sheet discussing the temperature indicators shown in the tool and their importance.

By incorporating not just overall temperature trends but also trends in indicators like extreme heat and warm nights, the dashboard offers insight into changes in heat that can have public health ramifications as well as economic impacts. Other indicators, like heating and cooling degree days, are relevant to energy use and emissions analyses.

Explore the dashboard »

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