Report Suggests Epic Flooding May Become “New Normal”

Iowa City, Iowa (RI) — A new analysis from an Iowa City thinktank suggests Iowa’s weather is hotter and wetter due to climate change. James Boulter, a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, reviewed weather data and prepared the report for the Iowa Policy Project.

Boulter says the atmosphere is “amped up” and the conditions that led to the massive 1993 floods may become the “new normal.”

According to Boulter’s calculations, there’s been a five percent increase in average temperatures in Iowa over the past four decades and the amount of rain that fell in Iowa this spring shattered records set 116 years ago. Boulter says the data indicates there’s been an “uptick” in extreme or heavy rainfall events in Iowa and the upper Midwest over the last decade — causing billions of dollars in flood damage.



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