Deadly Louisiana deluge had a major climate change assist, study finds
The 7.1 trillion gallons of torrential rainfall that a storm dumped on Louisiana in August, leading to a flooding disaster that killed at least 13 people and caused more than $1 billion in damage, had a direct link to human-caused global warming, a new study finds.
In short, while these events are still rare — on the order of about once every 1,000 years at the local level — they used to be far more infrequent, the study, released Wednesday, concludes.
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Scientists studying the storm using readings from rain gauges as well as powerful computer models have determined just how unlikely the rains were, teasing out the component of the event that was likely human-caused. Read more…More about Heavy Rain, Global Warming, Louisiana Flood, Extreme Weather, and Science
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