The Weather Report From the Year 2050 Is In, and It's Terrifying

Alaska will be hosting the Summer Olympics, and the Arctic Circle will be the hottest vacation destination.
Sep 11, 2014·
Kristina Bravo is Assistant Editor at TakePart.

What’s the weather going to be like on Sept. 23, 2050? Ridiculous, according to a forecast by the Weather Channel.

The cable station teamed up with the World Meteorological Organization to produce an online video series forecasting the weather of the future. It’s based on the dire predictions of scientific findings, including a 2013 report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The latest installment, posted on Wednesday, shows Weather Channel anchor Sam Champion forecasting the weather on Sept. 23, 2050: The evening’s Chicago Cubs game will be held in 93-degree heat at Wrigley Field. Meanwhile, an Arizona city will become the fourth municipality to dry up in the last five years, with others soon to follow, thanks to a five-decade mega-drought in the Southwest. In one segment, meteorologist Jim Cantore, knee-deep in water, reports about an approaching hurricane in a submerged South Beach, Miami Beach, Fla.

All of which is not so far-fetched.

According to a National Climate Assessment released this year, average temperatures in the Midwest spiked by more than 1.5 degrees between 1900 and 2010. The drought in the West has been drying up lakes and putting skiing resorts out of business over the past decade. The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact predicts that by 2060, water levels around southeast Florida will increase by two feet.

The video was released ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit, which on Sept. 23 will gather 100 national leaders in New York to come up with a concrete plan to battle climate change worldwide.

“Climate change is affecting the weather everywhere,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who’s heading the summit, says at the end of the Weather Channel video. “That means more disasters, more uncertainty.”

His message brings the clip to a sobering conclusion. Think Summer Olympics in Anchorage, Alaska, sounds crazy? Champion previews another segment, titled “The Arctic Circle: Why It’s Becoming the Place to Go.” Just like the rest of this forecast, it’s almost funny—until you realize that it’s already happening.