Global warming increases "extreme" rain storms
August 7, 2008
Researchers from the University of Miami and the University of Reading looked at 20 years of satellite observations and found a "distinct link between tropical rainfall extremes and temperature, with heavy rain events increasing during warm periods and decreasing during cold periods," according to a joint statement.
"A warmer atmosphere contains larger amounts of moisture which boosts the intensity of heavy downpours," said Dr. Brian J. Soden, associate professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science.
R.P. Allan and B.J. Soden (2008). Atmospheric Warming and the Amplification of Precipitation Extremes. SCIENCE 8 AUGUST 2008.