Wednesday, July 19, 2023

What does the future of extreme rain look like in the Northeast?


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.”

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Photo at top:Rain runoff eroded parts of the beach at Long Lake. Photo by Tracy Ormsbee/Adirondack Explorer

Editor’s note: This first appeared in Chloe’s weekly “Climate Matters” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Chloe Bennett is a climate change reporter based in Lake Placid, NY. Originally from North Texas, Chloe has always been drawn to the natural world. In 2022, she graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY where she focused on environmental reporting and audio production. She grew a deep appreciation for the Adirondack Park while interning for the Explorer in the summer of 2022.

7 Responses

  1. Linda Ramire says:

    Have just signed up for Chloe’s newsletters. Have been experiencing climate related nightmares. So worried for my grandchildren. They speak naively and happily of a future unaware of what might be down the road. I can’t believe that any political leader has not made this the issue!?
    In fact, their neglect of this crisis is more than reckless.
    ( And banning a discussion of scientific facts won’t rescue anyone.)

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