Woods Placky on Heavy Downpours and Extreme Flooding Events

Program Summary

Why are we seeing more extreme flood events? You can thank our warming world. Our chief meterologist Bernadette Woods Placky spoke with The Weather Channel about the recent flooding events across the U.S.

“In a warmer world, we're getting more evaporation in our atmosphere,” which leads to heavier downpours and heavy flooding events. Heavy downpours are getting more frequent with climate change, but we can also point to how we engineer our cities — where we direct water and where we pave our streets — to exacerbate extreme flooding events like the recent ones in Ellicott City, Maryland and Texas.

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