According to climate experts, extreme rainfall is increasing because warm air holds more moisture.

Extreme Precipitation and Climate Change | Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Forty-five years ago this this week was one of the deadliest floods in modern US history, when twelve inches of rain fell in just a few hours near Estes Park, Colorado.

02 Aug 1976, 1 – Rapid City Journal at Newspapers.com

Pakistan was also ravaged by floods.

The Telegraph-Herald – Google News Archive Search

England was having their hottest and driest summer on record.

Schenectady Gazette – Google News Archive Search

The CIA issued a report blaming the bad weather on global cooling.

22 Jun 1976, Page 5 – The High Point Enterprise at Newspapers.com

Pine Beetles were on a rampage in Oregon.

The Milwaukee Journal – Google News Archive Search

By December, Colorado was having their worst drought and ski season on record. There was no snow at Vail.

Ocala Star-Banner – Google News Archive Search

But it was snowing in Miami.

20 Jan 1977, Page 3 – Valley News

Lakeland Ledger – Google News Archive Search

Alaska was warmer in Florida.

19 Jan 1977, Page 20 – The Town Talk at Newspapers.com

National Geographic described it as “The Year the Weather Went Wild.”

The National Geographic Archive | December 1977 | page 1

Jerry Brown declared a drought disaster in California.

Brown Warns of Drought Disaster; Says ‘Hard Choices’ Face California – The New York Times

The extreme weather was blamed on a very wavy jet stream.

25 May 1983, Page 29 – Stevens Point Journal at Newspapers.com

Climate scientists now blame the same weather pattern on global warming.

The hottest May in the US occurred in 1934, and the coldest occurred in 1935.

During the coldest May in 1935, world record rainfall occurred in Colorado and Texas.

Colorado got nearly that much rain a few hours earlier.

Extreme Weather: A Guide & Record Book – Christopher C. Burt – Google Books

This caused the worst flood in Nebraska’s history.

03 Jun 1935, Page 11 – Muncie Evening Press at Newspapers.com

India set a record temperature of 124 degrees and received 123 inches of rain in one day.

08 Jun 1935 – HEAT WAVE – Trove

The warmest May in the US occurred in 1934, and that was also the year of the worst drought.

Precipitation is generally associated with cold fronts, because cold air can’t hold as much moisture as warm air. Warm air is associated with drought.

via Real Climate Science

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August 2, 2021 by tonyheller