Dec 10, 2015

Extreme UK Rains More Likely With Warming

Lancaster, Lancashire
Morecambe, Lancashire
Carnforth, Carnforth, Lancashire
Shap, Penrith, Cumbria CA10
Appleby, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire DN15
Keswick, Keswick, Cumbria CA12
Carlisle, Carlisle, Cumbria
UK
by
Andrea Thompson
,
Climate Central
Local residents canoe through flood water as they help to rescue people on a residential street in Carlisle, Britain on Dec. 6, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble
Local residents canoe through flood water as they help to rescue people on a residential street in Carlisle, Britain on Dec. 6, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Over this past weekend, a major storm swept across the U.K. and dumped torrential amounts of rain in some spots — the more than 13 inches that fell in one location in northwest England even set a national 24-hour rainfall record. Just days later, a real-time analysis by scientists working with Climate Central’s World Weather Attribution program has found that global warming has boosted the odds of such an extreme rainfall event in the region by about 40 percent — a small, but clear, effect, the scientists say