Climate Change Triples Extreme Rainfall Risks In US

Posted: Dec 7 2016, 7:14am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Climate Change Triples Extreme Rainfall Risks in US
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  • Torrential Rains could Triple in the USA due to Climate Change

It is certain that torrential rains could triple in the USA due to climate change in the future.

A stormy future lies in the cards for America. Climate change in the times to come could cause increased precipitation. Such events could even rise by as high as five times the original rates.

This is an outcome predicted by the weather experts for much of the global village as well. The intensity of rainfall will increase with the changing times. With a warmed-up atmosphere, the air can hold more moisture thereby increasing the chances of rainfall.

The records from the past decades show this to be increasingly true. Such stormy weather patterns may become the norm in the future. Rising temperatures and rainfall in the lower 48 states was looked into by the researchers.

The method through which warming causes rainfall is by increasing the humidity of the air. The opposite can occur in drier regions though.

Generally, there are regions that hit the sweet spot in such matters. In the future, things do not look to be getting any better. The storms will escalate beyond their current levels.

Many parts of the US will become both warmer and wetter in the future. Extreme precipitation will most likely become the order of the day. The Gulf and Atlantic Coast will face such conditions. So will the Rocky Mountains.

Here the humidity is already high. The precipitation levels will rise by three times or even five times the norm. This is a catastrophe just waiting to happen.

Not only will the intensity of these storms skyrocket but their frequency will take off too. It is a case of lose-lose instead of win-win. Man’s blunders with respect to the environment are at the root of such extreme weather phenomena.

The communities across the USA will be bearing the brunt of the burden. Changes in infrastructure will have to be made to face the onslaught of the weather.

There is still some hope though. All is not lost. By cutting down on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, such a trend could be stopped dead in its tracks.

We have to pay heed to these warnings by climate change scientists. They are not just peddling politicized science. What they say is very true and has a basis in solid reality.

This research appeared in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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