Yes, we’re getting more extreme rainfall, and it’s due to climate change, study confirms

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Warmer temperatures due to climate change lead to wetter air, and we’ve seen more extreme rainfall and flooding across North America. But is there really evidence that the two are related? Yes, there is. A new study from researchers at Environment and Climate Change Canada found that climate change has made: Rainfall more extreme. Storms with extreme rainfall more frequent. “We’re finding that in North America, we have seen an increase in the frequency and severity of heavy rainfall events. And this is largely due to global warming,” said Megan Kirchmeier-Young, a research scientist at Environment and Climate Change Canada and lead author of the study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.