Before you do anything else, you might want to read David Leonhardt’s N.Y. Times piece explaining the connection of global warming to extreme rainfall…

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Precipitation can have wide-ranging effects on human well-being and ecosystems. Rainfall, snowfall, and the timing of snowmelt can all affect the amount of surface water and groundwater available for drinking, irrigation, and industry. They also influence river flooding and can determine what types of animals and plants (including crops) can survive in a particular place. Changes in precipitation can disrupt a wide range of natural processes, particularly if these changes occur more quickly than plant and animal species can adapt. (-Source EPA)

Current climate models indicate that rising temperatures will intensify the Earth’s water cycle, increasing evaporation. Increased evaporation will result in more frequent and intense storms, but will also contribute to drying over some land areas. As a result, storm-affected areas are likely to experience increases in precipitation and increased risk of flooding, while areas located far away from storm tracks are likely to experience less precipitation and increased risk of drought. (-Source NASA)

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Extreme Precipitation Increase

09/14/22
Global warming leads to an increase in both ocean evaporation into the atmosphere and the amount of water vapor the atmosphere can hold when fully saturated. Warmer air, holding more moisture creates conditions more favorable…

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By Jeff Grabmeier  Photo: Getty Images   02/17/22  
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By Jacob Feuerstein  Photo: Michael M. Santiago , Getty Images   12/29/21  
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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   11/30/21  
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Map: Nicholas’s Path and Rainfall

By Matthew Bloch and Eleanor Lutz   09/16/21  
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New Yorkers Got Record Rain, and a Warning: Storms Are Packing More Punch

By Brad Plumer  Photo: Stephanie Keith/The New York Times   09/02/21  
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It Rained at the Summit of Greenland. That’s Never Happened Before.

By Henry Fountain  Photo: Josh Haner , The New York Times   08/20/21  
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Rain fell at the normally snowy summit of Greenland for the first time on record

By Rachel Ramirez   08/19/21  
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By Paul Mc. Adory  Photo: Max o Matic   08/11/21  
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By Neil Vigdor  Photo: Jessica Rinaldi , Getty Images   07/19/21  
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Floods Thrust Climate Change to Center of German Campaign as Toll Mounts

By Melissa Eddy and Steven Erlanger  Photo: Gordon Welters   07/18/21  
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By Loveday Morris  Photo: Christof Stache , AP   07/18/21  
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By Martin Finucane, Ryan Huddle, and John R. Ellement  Graphic: Ryan Huddle   07/12/21  
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Human activity influencing global rainfall, study finds

By Charlotte Burton  Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Sopa Images/Rex/Shutterstock   07/09/21  
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By YCC Team   05/18/21  
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By Harvard University  Photo: Michael Weber   04/30/21  
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Irma, and the Rise of Extreme Rain

By David Leonhardt   09/12/17  
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