Something’s Rotten in D.C., and It Isn’t Those Rain Totals

Reposted from Awesome Weather Facts Blog By Chris Martz | July 9, 2019 It seems as if every day, there’s someone linking ordinary and not-so-ordinary weather events to the “climate crisis.” Dare I say that we should actually do a little fact-checking first. “Nope, we know the answer already. Climate change causes all weather events,…

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If Precipitation Extremes Are Increasing, Why Aren’t Floods?

From a paper by the same title published in AGU’s journal “Water Resources Resarch” and also “Commentaries on Hydrology and Earth Surface” h/t to CTM It is now well established that rising temperatures are increasing precipitation extremes. This has led many to believe that flood magnitude and hence risk are also increasing, while observational evidence…

New intensity scale ranks California’s ‘atmospheric river’ storm events just like hurricanes

Remember the series of reservoir filling and snowpack building winter storms California experienced mid-January? It was the result of an “atmospheric river” driving a series of Pacific storms onshore, just like the event that busted the Oroville Dam spillway in 2017, but not nearly as strong. Now there is a new scale to characterize strength…