New data shows Pennsylvania will continue to get hotter and wetter

Written by on April 22, 2020

New data shows Pennsylvania will continue to get hotter and wetter

By Susan Phillips, StateImpact Pennsylvania. 

April 22, 2020

Today is Earth Day and new data shows Pennsylvania will continue to get hotter and wetter. The state released an update to its climate impact assessment this week. StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips reports average yearly rainfall has risen ten percent and average temperatures have climbed by two degrees Fahrenheit since 1901.

Average temperatures and rainfall will continue to climb. And Pennsylvania may get more chicken plants.

The updated report from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says poultry plants in Pennsylvania are expected to double by 2050 as southern states become too hot to support chicken farms.

Chicken waste, along with increased rain could lead to more pollution run-off into the Chesapeake and Delaware watersheds.

The report also warns of coastal storm surges in southeastern Pennsylvania damaging infrastructure and increased risks of landslides in southwestern Pennsylvania. 


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