Climate Change will cause extreme weather and rainfall

December 7, 2016 11:55 AM |

Climate Change will cause extreme weather and rainfall a standard

Global changes in temperatures and varying weather patterns have been noticed for quite some time now. Regions that were drought-ridden are facing some extremely heavy rainfall and vice versa is happening over rain-laden areas.

The latest findings about climate change show how much worse the weather pattern is going to be in less than 100 years. The excessive summer downpour in some parts of US could rise by 400% by 2100. The research has said that the number of flash flooding would increase and would be even more disastrous in the recent years to follow.

The Gulf coast, the southwest and Atlantic coast are the regions that will be most affected by the excessive downpour. Published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the research says that the rainfall affected areas will be getting 70% more intense rainfall than usual.

Andreas Prein, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the lead author of the study has said, “Imagine the most intense thunderstorm you typically experience in a single season. Our study finds that, in the future, parts of the U.S. could expect to experience five of those storms in a season, each with intensity as strong as or stronger than current storms.”

The study also links the direct relationship between climate change and rainfall. Clouds are capable of holding large amount of water over warmer region which allows for more heavy rainfall. The increase in precipitation due to global warming has already begun, scientists say. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data, US have experienced at least six extreme storms this year that can be classified as one-in-500-year events.

But there is a caveat to the research that the model cannot account for how weather patterns may change due to climate change in the future.

You can read the full research here.

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