Extreme rainfall is increasing even more than expected as world warms


Hurricane Harvey dropped devastating amounts of rain on Houston, Texas, in 2017

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Be prepared for even more extreme rainfall events and flooding as the world warms. A study comparing what has happened so far with what climate models project has found that extreme events are happening around 50 per cent more often than predicted. This means that the climate models are also underestimating how much worse these events will become in the future.

“Extremes appear to intensify faster with global warming than the models predict,” says team member Anders Levermann

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