By Paul Homewood
The BBC is playing the climate card again!
Twelve people have died after record-breaking rainfall flooded underground railway tunnels in China, leaving passengers trapped in rising waters.
Video shared on social media shows evening commuters just managing to keep their heads above water. Water is seen rushing onto platforms.
More than 500 people were eventually rescued from the tunnels in Henan province, officials said.
Days of rain have caused widespread damage and led to 200,000 evacuations.
In the provincial capital Zhengzhou, the equivalent of a year’s average rainfall has fallen in just three days.
Henan has experienced “rare and severe rainfall” since Saturday, China’s meteorological authority said on Wednesday.
Zhengzhou saw 624mm of rainfall on Tuesday, with a third of that amount falling between 16:00 and 17:00 alone, which “smashed historical records”.
It forecasted that parts of the region would continue to see “severe or extremely severe storms” and that the heavy rain would likely only end on Thursday.
Many factors contribute to flooding, but a warming atmosphere caused by climate change makes extreme rainfall more likely.
What utter drivel!
As we know, 624mm in a day is nowhere near being a record. Typhoon Nina dumped 1631mm over the area in a single day in 1975. Over Zhenzhou itself, 804mm fell in a day. However, three years later, on July 2nd, an amazing 1894mm of rain fell there.
And many other storms have brought much daily totals well over 1000mm to the city since.
We don’t have hourly data available for 1975 (which may be why claims of a record are being made, based on just a few years of record), but it is clear from the Dutch Met Office, KNMI, that daily rains have become MUCH LESS EXTREME in recent decades:
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July 21, 2021