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Houston, Texas To See More Harvey-Like Rainfall

November 14, 2017 by   - () Leave a Comment

Residential neighborhoods near Interstate 10 in Houston sit in floodwater in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in August.

So much for the storm of the century.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a new study suggests that massive hurricanes like Harvey are expected to strike Houston and Texas with much greater frequency in the future than they do now.

Why?

Blame our changing climate.

According to a study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the odds of Harvey-like rains drenching the city of Houston will grow from 1 in 2,000 at the beginning of the 21st century to 1 in 100 at the end of the century.

For Texas as a whole, the outlook is even worse.

The frequency of hurricanes with rains in excess of 20 inches occurring anywhere in the state will jump from a once in a 100-year event at the end of the 20th century to a once in 5.5 year occurrence at the end of the 21st century.

The new work was led by MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel, who specializes in hurricanes.

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