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Big news on climate change and flooding.

Yesterday we saw a major shift in attitudes and politics regarding climate change and its effects on violent weather and flooding.

From a NOAA press release:

The U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research today released a scientific assessment that provides the first comprehensive analysis of observed and projected changes in weather and climate extremes in North America . . . Among the major findings reported in this assessment are that droughts, heavy downpours, excessive heat, and intense hurricanes are likely to become more commonplace as humans continue to increase the atmospheric concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

And for the first time the AP and other news agencies made the connection. More great coverage of the flooding by the NY Times and mention of the NOAA report. Some very nice aerials taken in yesterday’s clear weather.

Today’s coverage: Looks like the St. Louis area will see a peak more than 10 feet below that of 1993, good news, especially for East St. Louis.

General Galloway was on NPR this afternoon, noting nearly all the recommendations he made after 1993 were ignored.

And a link to a meteorologist’s take on our 500-year floods coming every few years.