potatocoins wrote:Could Chicago's winters not get worse as climate change worsens?
You bring up a good point, I'm really not sure what sort of impact climate change will have on the future of Texas.
Individual weather events like winter storms can become more extreme, but the average winter temperature in Chicago will get warmer. (Edit: looked it up to check. Winters there have warmed ~3° degrees since 1970 and could see an additional ~3° by mid century. Chicago currently gets about 128 days with minimum temp below 32°F, but could see 22 fewer of those days by mid century, and fewer still further down the line)
And yeah, while phoenix and the entire southwest is certainly a testament to people's willingness to live in hot and dry conditions, the exponential and domino-like nature of climate change could make the future of living in dry places very different from the present reality of living in dry places.
Hard to know exactly what to expect for Texas's future, but just personally, speaking for myself, I'm not super optimistic.