Report finds heavy rain linked to climate change

Heavy rain events have increased by 71% in the Northeast

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – If you think we’ve been getting more heavy rain now than we used to, you’re right. A recent report indicates that climate change is responsible for the flooding rains we’ve been seeing lately.

Last Wednesday, on a single day, parts of western Massachusetts picked up between 3 and 5 inches of rain. That’s more than we usually get in a month.

We saw significant flash flooding and it’s not the first time we’ve seen weather like that this summer.

The National Climate Assessment consists of 300 scientists and experts.The NCA released a report in May that indicates heavy rain events are becoming even heavier in parts of the U.S.

That report showed that heavy rain storms have increased by 71 percent here in the Northeast from 1958 to 2012.

Also, heavy rain events are becoming more frequent. There has been a noticeable increase since the 1980s.

“I remember growing up and the weather being so different so different than it is now, some of it’s good some of it’s bad,” said Hazel Waller of Florence.

Scientists say water vapor, which condenses to form clouds and rain, is increasing and more  water in the atmosphere means higher precipitation.

Also upper-level weather systems may be creating blocking patterns more often, resulting in slower-moving weather systems resulting in the heavier rains staying over us longer, dropping more rain.

NCA future climate forecasts suggest we’ll be seeing even more heavy rains nationwide.

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