31 Jul '12, 8pm

Storms are bigger, wetter, and more frequent than 60 years ago:

Storms are bigger, wetter, and more frequent than 60 years ago:

One of the problems with the term “global warming” is that people don’t really have any idea what it means. They understand that hot days might be related; it says so right there on the box. But when it comes to some of the other possible impacts of climate change — severe weather, hurricanes, etc. — people have a harder time drawing a straight line. Today, Environment America is trying to make that line obvious. According to a new analysis by the group, extreme downpours (rain or snow) now occur 30 percent more often than they did in 1948. Click to embiggen. In other words, large rain or snowstorms that happened once every 12 months, on average, in the middle of the 20th century now happen every nine months. Moreover, the largest annual storms now produce 10 percent more precipitation, on average. As the map above shows, the impacts have been felt far more in the Northeas...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/storms-are-bigger-wetter-and-more-f...

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