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Climate Change Magnified Recent California Deluge

By Anne C. Mulkern Photo: Brontë Wittpenn Getty Images

A record-breaking storm that swept through California in recent days was made worse by climate change, experts say. And not just because of additional rainfall that’s a symptom of a warmer climate. Adding to the misery was what preceded the deluge: months of dry conditions and devastating wildfires.


Record rainfall offers dry state needed relief

By Hayley Smith, Luke Money and Lila Seidman Photo: Noah Berger / Associated Press

The drought-dried shores of Folsom Lake were damp this week after what officials called the first big storm of the season.

The water level at Lake Oroville, which receded so much this summer that officials had to close its hydroelectric power plant for the first time, rose by more than 16 feet. And the Russian River — recently reduced to something more like a trickle — flowed with more ease after the atmospheric river dumped record-breaking amounts of rain across California, replenishing dwindled reservoirs and rehydrating cracked terrain.



Storm unleashes mudflows, inundates Bay Area

By Rosanna Xia Photo: Noah Berger / Associated Press

Bomb cyclone. Rivers of rain. Emergency response officials were bracing all of last week for the worst days of the storm — and it finally arrived late Saturday evening. Light scattered showers in Northern California, already burned out by a summer of fire, morphed into an increasingly heavy downpour overnight.


Floods threaten to shut down a quarter of U.S. roads and critical buildings

By Jeffrey Pierre

A quarter of the roads in the United States would be impassable during a flood, according to a new study by First Street Foundation that looks at flooding threats to the country’s critical infrastructure.


How Government Decisions Left Tennessee Exposed to Deadly Flooding

By Christopher Flavelle Photo: Brandon Dill , The New York Times

The floods that killed at least 20 people in Tennessee last weekend arrived with shocking speed and force — seemingly a case study of the difficulties of protecting people from explosive rainstorms as climate change gets worse.


Manchin in the middle: West Virginia senator puts his stamp on infrastructure, spending bills

Democrats’ razor-thin majority gives each Senate Democrat tremendous leverage. But Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from deep-red West Virginia, seems to relish in keeping everyone guessing about what it will take to get his vote.


Scores Die in India as Monsoon Rains Swamp Towns and Send Boulders Tumbling

By Karan Deep Singh

“Guys, we have to run!” said a man filming the devastation unfolding in his hillside town in northern India on Sunday, as a landslide set off by incessant monsoon rains sent heavy rocks tumbling down a steep slope.


In aftermath of German floods, fires burn in southern Europe as rains drench London

By Miriam Berger and Karla Adam Photo: Alessandro Tocco , AP

Wildfires are spreading on the Italian island of Sardinia, and elsewhere in southern Europe, fueled by wind and dry weather — adding to a list of travails that have plagued the continent over the summer, including high temperatures, dry spells and drenching rains.


Floods, Heat, Then Floods Again: England Is Battered by Wild Weather

By Isabella Kwai Photo: Victoria Jones , AP

For the second time in a matter of two weeks, heavy rainfall has wreaked havoc across London, flooding train stations, stranding motorists and forcing at least two hospitals to redirect patients from their emergency rooms.


Climate Crisis Turns World’s Subways Into Flood Zones

By Hiroko Tabuchi and John Schwartz Photo: Merakizz , Getty Images

Terrified passengers trapped in flooded subway cars in Zhengzhou, China. Water cascading down stairways into the London Underground. A woman wading through murky, waist-deep water to reach a New York City subway platform.