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Scientific American "Global Warming and the Science of Extreme Weather"

posted Jun 29, 2011, 1:40 PM by James Hodina
The Scientific American is publishing a three part series of articles: "Global Warming and the Science of Extreme Weather: How rising temperatures change weather and produce fiercer, more frequent storms."  The second article in the series includes the flooding in Iowa.

Iowa is one of many places that fits the pattern. Takle documented a three- to seven-fold increase in high rainfall events in the state, including the 500-year Mississippi River flood in 1993, the 2008 Cedar Rapids flood as well as the 500-year event in 2010 inAmes, which inundated the Hilton Coliseum basketball court in eight feet (2.5 meters) of water . "We can't say with confidence that the 2010 Ames flood was caused by climate change, but we can say that the dice are loaded to bring more of these events," Takle says.

 

Part 2, published today: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=global-warming-and-the-science-of-extreme-weather

Explains the science behind the changes

 

And here’s the link to Part 1: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=extreme-weather-caused-by-climate-change(explaining the observed data)

 

Part 3 has not been published yet.


Jim Hodina


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