A New Study Says: "When It Rains, It Pours"

By KBJR News 1

August 1, 2012 Updated Aug 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
In the Northland we've seen above average temperatures each month so far this year. In fact, the entire country has seen record breaking temperatures.

Ken Bradley, the Director of Environment Minnesota told me, "Increased intensity and frequency of extreme rain events, not just in Minnesota, but across the mid–west and the country as a whole, it's something that we are seeing, scientist are predicting, It's related to the planet warming."

A warmer atmosphere allows for more moisture to be stored in the atmosphere, depriving some regions of rain for months, while deluging other areas.

"Storms with heavy rain are happening 30% more often than they did 65 years ago. Scientists tell us that the trend towards heavier rain storms is clearly linked to global warming." said Scientist.

Duluth saw one of the worst flooding events in history this past June. Even one of the world's largest lakes was affected by the flood.

Scientist said, "The lake level rose 3–4 inches that day and suspended clays colored the water orange–brown, miles into the western arm of the lake. The knowledge that we are gaining from this is going to help us to think about ways the lake may respond to ongoing changes in regional climate and rain patterns."

Experts, in Duluth, said they expect this trend to continue into the future.

"More extreme droughts and then we will also have more extreme rainfalls and it will be the combination of the two, or snowfalls as well." Said Bradley

The scientists said to prevent large scale rain, snow and drought events in the future, the United States must decrease green–house gas emissions by more than 35% by 2020.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch

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