After major flooding and infrastructure damage, I asked:
What does the future of extreme rain look like in the Northeast?
The past few decades have trended toward heavier rainfall, Arthur Degaetano, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Regional Climate Center said. Predictions based on scientific data show the Northeast is expected to become wetter because of climate change. Warmer air holds more moisture and causes more rainfall. That rain is mostly coming from oceans, Degaetano said, which are also warming and making evaporation easier.
“We’re seeing catastrophic flooding and we’re going to see more road failures,” Erik Backus, who teaches civil engineering, told the Explorer. “How to deal with that is a significant thing we need to consider going forward.”
Read about it here: https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/rain-flooding-adirondacks-newyork and also our follow up here: https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/road-work-ahead-after-storms
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Photo at top:Rain runoff eroded parts of the beach at Long Lake. Photo by Tracy Ormsbee/Adirondack Explorer
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