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Pouring it on: Climate change made 2020 hurricanes rainier

By Seth Borenstein Photo: Gerald Herbert, AP

Human-caused climate change made the entire season — 30 named storms — drop 5% more rain. During the 14 storms that reached hurricane status the rainfall was 8% heavier, according to the study in Tuesday’s Nature Communications…


Fewer rainy days leading to earlier spring in northern climes

By Jeff Grabmeier Photo: Getty Images

A drop in the total number of rainy days each year is contributing to an earlier arrival of spring for plants in northern climates, a new study finds.
Scientists have known that warmer temperatures due to climate change have led to the first leaves coming out at earlier dates in recent decades.


Excessively wet year in eastern U.S. shows fingerprints of climate change

By Jacob Feuerstein Photo: Michael M. Santiago , Getty Images

Five tropical storms and a summer of frequent thunderstorm activity have propelled parts of the eastern United States to one of its wettest calendar years on record.


The Arctic could get more rain and less snow sooner than projected. Here’s why that matters.

By Brady Dennis and Kasha Patel Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The planet’s warming is transforming the sprawling and fragile Arctic, moving it toward a future that can be summed up in four words: more rain, less snow. But now researchers say that unprecedented shift — and the profound impacts that are likely to accompany it — could come decades sooner than previously thought.


Map: Nicholas’s Path and Rainfall

By Matthew Bloch and Eleanor Lutz

Tropical Storm Nicholas made landfall as a hurricane early Tuesday morning in Texas. Some areas of the Gulf Coast could experience life-threatening flash floods, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall through Thursday as it moves along the coast toward southern Louisiana, which is still recovering from last month’s Hurricane Ida.


New Yorkers Got Record Rain, and a Warning: Storms Are Packing More Punch

By Brad Plumer Photo: Stephanie Keith/The New York Times

The torrential rains on Wednesday that deluged New York and New Jersey, killing more than three dozen, carried a stark warning about climate change: As the planet gets hotter, heavy rainstorms are dumping more water than ever before, threatening to devastate unprepared cities.


It Rained at the Summit of Greenland. That’s Never Happened Before.

By Henry Fountain Photo: Josh Haner , The New York Times

Something extraordinary happened last Saturday at the frigid high point of the Greenland ice sheet, two miles in the sky and more than 500 miles above the Arctic Circle: It rained for the first time.


Rain fell at the normally snowy summit of Greenland for the first time on record

By Rachel Ramirez
Temperatures at the Greenland summit over the weekend rose above freezing for the third time in less than a decade. The warm air fueled an extreme rain event that dumped 7 billion tons of water on the ice sheet, enough to fill the Reflecting Pool at the National Mall in Washington, DC, nearly 250,000 times.

Did They Really Make It Rain Over Dubai? Does It Matter?

By Paul Mc. Adory Photo: Max o Matic

Driving coastward through Mississippi last month, I hit rain. First it spat at the windshield, a few drops sprinkling down from the sky onto a 2009 Accord. Then the bucket tipped, the road disappearing into smudges of light and water cascading on glass in the milliseconds between frantic wiper swipes. I eased into a doughnut shop’s flooded parking lot and settled in to watch.


Record rain has fallen in parts of New England this month.

By Neil Vigdor Photo: Jessica Rinaldi , Getty Images

Summer has so far been a washout in much of New England, where rainfall records for July could be broken — and some have already toppled.