Unless big changes are made to reduce carbon emissions, a new study shows that in 60 years Mankato’s climate will feel more like that in Kansas.

Nature Communications put together the study predicting some of the changes that major American cities can expect to experience by 2080 and it includes best and worst case scenarios.

If steps are taken to reduce the carbon footprint researchers believe Mankato’s weather will feel like that in Columbus, Nebraska which is about five degrees warmer in the winter and almost 19 percent dryer.

However, if nothing is done to reduce emissions Mankato would be more like Salina, Kansas, where summers are more than nine degrees warmer and over 12 percent drier, while winter would be more than 16 degrees warmer and 6.6 percent wetter.