Joseph Brean | December 7, 2016
A huge thunderstorm strikes Las Vegas in
2015. The reason for the expected heavier rainfalls is simple physics:
warm air can hold more moisture than cold air.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images/File
In a research paper that reads like it was written by a horseman of
the apocalypse, U.S. climate scientists are predicting more frequent
extreme rainfalls, the kind of downpours that cause flooding, landslides
and massive infrastructure damage, especially in cities where paved
ground cannot absorb water.
The same goes for snowstorms and ice storms, according to the team
from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which also found the
expected frequency of these “extreme precipitation events” increases
five-fold in large parts of Canada and the western United States in the
coldest winter months. The effect is dramatically lessened south of the
30th parallel, which runs through Houston, Texas...http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/be-prepared-for-more-extreme-rainfalls-think-biblical-floods-u-s-climate-scientists-warn