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We Had Five 1,000-Year Floods In a Year. What’s Going On?

North Dakota flood relief

AGR Daily News Service

But it appears something is up when 1,000-year floods continue to kill and wreak havoc. 71% more heavy rain since the 1950sIf you’re anything like me you don’t enjoy waiting for answers. So while it’s certainly wise to await the scientific analysis that is sure to be coming down the pike, we can still think about these events in the climate change context.We know that as the global average temperature rises, more water evaporates from the oceans. This, in turn, increases the amount of atmospheric moisture that is available for storms to process into rainfall.Increases in heavy downpours by region 1958-2012. Source: NCAIn fact, observations over the last 60 years indicate that over the United States, the amount of water falling in heavy rain events has increased substantially, and an astonishing 71 percent over portions of the mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S.In other words, if there were two storms with an…

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