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Heavy Downpours Increasing: Scientists
Description: Islip, New York received an astounding 13.27 inches of rain in 24 hours, breaking a record set during tropical storm Irene back in 2011, according to the National Weather Service. Record-breaking rain storms like this one, climate scientists say, are something people should get used to as they continue to warm the planet. It doesn't take much warming to have a significant impact on rain storms. For every one degree of temperature rise, the atmosphere can hold 7 percent more evaporated moisture, say scientists. (Temperatures in the U.S. have risen by as much as 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit since 1895.) [Source: ABC News]
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Source: ABC News
Publish Date: 8/13/2014
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