Climate Change May Have Souped Up Record-Breaking Texas Deluge

Scientific American - Large swaths of Houston were underwater yesterday after more than 10 inches of rain fell on the city during a 24-hour window.

In a Facebook post Sunday, high-profile climate researcher Katharine Hayhoe, director of Texas Tech University's Climate Science Center, stated that "climate change will affect us in the ways we're already vulnerable to climate and weather today, and Texas is no exception."

While extreme weather events like droughts and floods occur naturally in Texas, precipitation in the state is becoming more variable, making droughts more potent and increasing the risk of heavy rainfall and flooding, Hayhoe said.

"Science does not say that climate change is CAUSING the extreme rain and drought we're seeing across the U.S. today, and in recent years," she said. "Just like steroids make a baseball player stronger, climate change EXACERBATES many of our weather extremes, making many of them, on average, worse than they would have been naturally."

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