As global temperatures rise, studies show there may be fewer atmospheric rivers, but they’ll tend to be more bigger and more intense.
Giant streams of moist air that curl off from the tropics are responsible for most of the flooding in the Western United States, and scientists say these atmospheric rivers will become more intense as the planet warms.
A new study is providing some insight into what that could mean for the future.
It shows how much damage the most intense atmospheric rivers today can already do, finding that just 10 atmospheric river events caused nearly half the flood damage in the U.S. West over the past four decades, adding up to billions of dollars.
Original Title: Atmospheric Rivers Fuel Most Western U.S. Flooding. Climate Change Will Make Them Worse.
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