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Global Warming Causes More, Harder Rain

From the priesthood of the Gaia cult at the Associated Press:

Study: Northeast seeing more, fiercer rainstorms

By BOB SALSBERG (AP)

April 6, 200

BOSTON — The Northeast is seeing more frequent "extreme precipitation events" in line with global warming predictions, a study shows, including storms like the recent fierce rains whose floodwaters swallowed neighborhoods and businesses across New England.

The study does not link last week’s devastating floods to its research but examined 60 years’ worth of National Weather Service rainfall records in nine Northeastern states and found that storms that produce an inch or more of rain in a day — a threshold the recent storm far surpassed — are coming more frequently.

"It’s almost like 1 inch of rainfall has become pretty common these days," said Bill Burtis, spokesman for Clean Air-Cool Planet, a global warming education group that released the study Monday along with the University of New Hampshire’s Carbon Solutions New England group.

Well, coming from the “Clean Air-Cool Planet” and “Carbon Solutions” groups, at least we don’t have to worry whether the study is objective or not.

The study’s results are consistent with what could be expected in a world warmed by greenhouse gases, said UNH associate professor Cameron Wake. He acknowledged it would take more sophisticated studies to cement a warming link, though.

"I can’t point to these recent storms and say, that is global warming," he said.

What is more certain, researchers said, is the potential economic impact should the 60-year trend continue and require billions of dollars in infrastructure improvements to things in the region including roads, bridges, sewers and culverts.

And here we thought infrastructure improvements were good for the economy.

The study examined precipitation data from 219 Weather Service reporting stations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont from 1948 to 2007.

The report found that in all but 18 of the stations, "extreme precipitation events," defined as storms that produced at least 1 inch of rain over a 24-hour period or the water equivalent of snow, are occurring at a more frequent rate.

Average annual precipitation in the region also increased, albeit slightly, by nearly three-quarters of an inch per decade over the 60-year period. That period included a marked drop-off in rainfall during the 1960s, when much of New England experienced drought, and again during a regional drought in 2001.

When it came to the really big storms — ones that produce 2 inches or even 4 inches in a 24-hour period — the study found those also occurring with more regularity than in the past

“A more frequent rate”? “With more regularity”? — What precise findings.

We should definitely destroy our economy based on such a rigorously scientific study.

By the way, wouldn’t more warmth and more rain mean more food and less starvation around the world?

Just kidding. We know that nothing good could ever come from a warmer world.

(Thanks to Mr_Bill for the heads-up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Global Warming Causes More, Harder Rain”

  1. mr_bill says:

    From a giddy with delight Associated Orchestrated Press

    Study: Northeast seeing more, fiercer rainstorms
    By BOB SALSBERG

    The Northeast is seeing more frequent “extreme precipitation events” in line with global warming predictions, a study shows, including storms like the recent fierce rains whose floodwaters swallowed neighborhoods and businesses across New England.

    The study does not link last week’s devastating floods to its research but examined 60 years’ worth of National Weather Service rainfall records in nine Northeastern states and found that storms that produce an inch or more of rain in a day — a threshold the recent storm far surpassed — are coming more frequently.

    “It’s almost like 1 inch of rainfall has become pretty common these days,” said Bill Burtis, spokesman for Clean Air-Cool Planet, a global warming education group that released the study Monday along with the University of New Hampshire’s Carbon Solutions New England group.

    The study’s results are consistent with what could be expected in a world warmed by greenhouse gases, said UNH associate professor Cameron Wake. He acknowledged it would take more sophisticated studies to cement a warming link, though.

    “I can’t point to these recent storms and say, that is global warming,” he said.

    Remember that they told us record cold and record blizzards don’t disprove global warming. Well, the flipside to that kind of thinking is that a single storm can prove global warming. Wasn’t the IPCC screaming about all the droughts that global warming would cause. So to recap: if it rains, doesn’t rain, snows, doesn’t snow, is cloudy, sunny, warmer, cooler, its all global warming.

    Whether warming is the cause or not, if rainstorms are getting fiercer, there will be a price to pay, some experts noted…

    “Do you have to tax people more and that has a damper on the overall economy?” he said.

    Ahhh, that’s interesting: global warming = more taxes; no global warming = more taxes.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hW1_ATBmak7oS-hT4X6eZYI7zJeQD9ET6AMO0

  2. proreason says:

    Fill in the blanks. Global warming causes _____________

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “there will be a price to pay”

    And that, dear readers, is the bottom line. You must be punished.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    ALL PART OF THE PROPAGANDA SHOW. Joseph Goebbles would be proud to see his seeds developing.

    Everything has a political component to it—everything. The mine collapse in West Virginia, they just keep searching until they find a Republican to blame it on. Katrina?–a natural disaster in which people were informed a head of time to evacuate. No Democrat got dirty on Katrina, not even N.O. idiot mayor.

    The media rushes in like a first-response team to quickly assign blame and blast it over the airwaves. They are so untrustworthy, it boggles the mind. I have to go to the internet or outside the U.S.A. to find the truth of what’s going on.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      They are so untrustworthy, it boggles the mind.

      Good point, but if you think about it, they are a sort of “reverse barometer”. Like the silken sow we have for a president, whenever the media says something, think the opposite or something completely different.

      Indeed, it would be absolutely hysterical if it wasn’t so pathetic.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    I smell a tax coming up on Global Rainfall and only America will pay.

  6. wirenut says:

    Good one L.D., If the NE. gets more rain than Somalia than they should pay a tax to the UN. Think about it, it would be like,,,, well like trading air for profit. Funny somebody hasn’t come up with this before. Haw!


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