Simulated difference in the mean annual maximum number of consecutive days with a maximum temperature greater than 95F (Tmax > 95F) for the Great Plains region, for the 2041-2070 time period with respect to the reference period of 1980-2000 (left). Color only (category 1) indicates that less than 50% of the models show a statistically significant change in the number of consecutive days. Color with hatching (category 3) indicates that more than 50% of the models show a statistically significant change the number of consecutive days, and more than 67% agree on the sign of the change (see text). Mean annual number of consecutive days with Tmax > 95F for the 1980-2000 reference period (center). Simulated mean annual maximum number of consecutive days with Tmax > 95F for the 2041-2070 future time period (right). These are multi-model means from 8 NARCCAP regional climate simulations for the high (A2) emissions scenario. Note that left and right color scales are different. The changes are upward everywhere. Increases are largest in Texas and Oklahoma and decrease northward, in a pattern similar to the present-day climatology.