Global Warming Could Mean A Wetter World

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Scientific reports have linked many worldly phenomena to global warming, including what now could be a wetter experience worldwide. Rising sea levels have been an expressed concern within planetary warming scientific theory, but many people are not aware of the slow domino effect that many subscribers to this theory have predicted. New reports on recent flooding, global changes, and increasing atmospheric moisture may be able to shed some light on these effects.

According to a recently released report, the current flooding in Detroit, Michigan supports the theory of a rise in global temperature. Current scientific analysis says that every degree of temperature increase allows for the atmosphere to hold seven percent more evaporated moisture. On top of that, Kevin Trenberth, a National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist, theorizes that global warming “encourages” moderate rainstorms to become heavy downpours which increases flooding risk. Detroit’s unfortunate experience on Monday of almost five inches of rain in under a few hours—the second most amount in that span in the city’s long history—could be just the beginning of a new trend in weather.

Meteorologists and climatologists have viewed and cataloged many changes in the United States in regard to heavy precipitation. Measured from 1958 through 2012, large precipitation events have increased significantly during that span with the Northeast events rising 71 percent during that measurement period. The events in the Detroit area that is currently under water are said, in this study taken from the latest U.S. National Climate Assessment report, to have risen 37 percent. Figures for the drought-stricken Southwest are lower at five percent, and Hawaii has become drier at negative 12 percent. This could be foreboding news for west coast residents currently fighting through forest fires and hoping for wetter weather that may not come with global warming changing our world.

Since this theory was brought to light, scientists and average people alike have been concerned and skeptical. Some see events tied to the increase in our global temperature while others see anomalies without order. Part of that skepticism comes from the ever-changing facts about global warming and a lack of real consensus among major scientists. Even rising sea levels, one of the longest stalwarts of the theory, have had threats of New York and Shanghai sinking under water pushed towards this century’s end when that was originally projected to happen much sooner. Ice discharge, which is a measure of melting ice, is said to be on pace to raise sea levels by 37 centimeters, or 14.6 inches, this century according to the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Global warming may not be just affecting the world’s average temperature, but could also result in making the Earth’s surface a little wetter. Some reports are now surfacing that claim intensifying weather patterns across the northern states are consistent with earlier predictions for a warming atmosphere. These reports suggest that factors from coastal cities to inland precipitation are in danger of changing dramatically within this century. While the Southwest looks for new ways to bring in water, a majority of the United States may be looking for dry land soon should these global warming predictions come to pass.

By Myles Gann


International Business Times
National Geographic