Type of storm that drenched New York is up to 20% wetter due to climate crisis
(The Guardian, 2 Oct 2023) Rapid attribution study finds storm 10-20% wetter after city experienced a month’s worth of rain in just a few hours on Friday.
The unmistakable influence of the climate crisis helped cause New YorkCity to be inundated by a month’s worth of rain within just a few hours on Friday, scientists have warned, amid concerns over how well the city is prepared for severe climate shocks.
A new rapid attribution study, released by scientists in Europe, has found that the type of storm seen on Friday is now 10-20% wetter than it would have been in the previous century, because of climate change.
Flash flooding soaked large parts of the US’s largest city, turning roads into rivers, following intense rainfall that broke records. John F Kennedy international airport measured 8in of rainfall in one day, the most since records began, while Brooklyn received a month’s worth of rain in just a few hours. People had to be rescued from swamped basement apartments, subway and bus services were canceled and sewage backed up in overwhelmed pipes.