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UW-Madison scientists predict state temperatures for 2055

University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists say Wisconsin's average annual temperatures will jump by 4 to 9 degrees by 2055.

They released a study Monday that's being touted as the first detailed research on climate change that was done locally.

Researchers say the big difference will be seen in the winter, when the average state temperature rose by 2.5 degrees from 1950-2006.

In summer, the average reading went up just 0.5 degree in that time.

Environmental sciences professor Chris Kucharik says Wisconsin has not gotten hotter but it's become less cold.

The report predicts that northern Wisconsin will warm up the most, and it could get the biggest increase in precipitation.

State climatologist John Young says one reason might be the heat-trapping caused by greenhouse gases.

The report is not aimed at politicians. Instead, it's going to a two-year-old state panel made up of DNR, university, and business leaders.

Atmospheric science professor Dan Vimont led the new study, which also predicted growth in the economy and greenhouse gases. In fact, Vimont says those effects might have been understated.