A crawl in several parts of Europe on Wednesday caused flooding caused by a gentle storm, with about six inches of rain falling in the region near Cologne and forests before the end began on Friday. There were also floods in Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland, but the worst affected were Germany, where the official death toll crossed 125 on Friday and was sure to climb.
The storm was a terrifying example of an extreme weather event, with some places receiving a month’s worth of rain in a single day. However, in the age of climate change, extreme weather events are becoming more common.
The question is, how much did climate change affect these particular storms and the resulting floods?
One has to wait for the analysis of a complete answer, almost considering the magnitude of the catastrophe that will be done to learn whether climate change made this storm more likely and if so by how much.
However, the trend is clear for many scientists. “The answer is yes – all major climates these days are being affected by climate change,” said Donald J. Webbels, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Illinois.
Already Study There is Shown An intergovernmental panel on rainfall and climate change as a result of global warming, a UN-backed group that has reported on the science and effects of global warming, said: The frequency of these events will increase As the temperature continues to rise.
Gert Jan van Hollandberg, a researcher at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, said in a study of extreme rainfall in the Netherlands that “the observed increase is stronger than we expected.”