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I’m sure this isn’t the first, but I just caught this on Drudge. The Midwestern floods? Global warming. What else?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Floods like those that inundated the U.S. Midwest are supposed to occur once every 500 years but this is the second since 1993, suggesting flawed forecasts that do not take global warming into account, conservation experts said on Tuesday.

“Although no single weather event can be attributed to global warming, it’s critical to understand that a warming climate is supplying the very conditions that fuel these kinds of weather events,” said Amanda Staudt, a climate scientist with the National Wildlife Federation.

Warmer air can carry more water, Staudt said in a telephone briefing, and this means more heavy precipitation in the central United States. Big Midwestern storms that used to be seen every 20 years or so will likely occur every four to six years by century’s end, she said.

Update: From a reader:

Except that the floods aren’t the result of rain, they’re the result of the

extraordinary snow pack in the Rocky Mountains, now melting, and flowing

downstream. Supposedly, all that warm air–due to global warming–caused

more (cold air) snowfall in the Rockies this past winter. (You can’t make

this stuff up.) It was reported during the late winter that the North

American snow cover and snow pack was the most extensive since satellite

photos were first used, i.e. recorded history.

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