Texas State Climatologist on Climate, Flooding, and Extreme Rain

August 25, 2017

I sat down with Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon in June of 2016, at an American Meteorological Society event in Austin.

For actual impact of climate change on numbers of hurricanes, the record is still too short with modern observations to draw conclusions, although Kerry Emanuel, elsewhere on this page, has some ideas.

For extreme rains, high temperatures, and flooding, the data are clear enough – and preliminary forecasts show most concern for extreme rain and floods by Hurricane Harvey.

4 Responses to “Texas State Climatologist on Climate, Flooding, and Extreme Rain”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    So, warmer air and warmer ocean water mean more transport of water vapor and heavier rains when it “falls out”. And South Texas and Houston particularly are getting hit AGAIN with Harvey. Bur the science is not “settled” and AGW/climate change is a hoax? And the folks in TX keep electing Cruz, Gohmert. Smith, and Barton?

  2. wpNSAlito Says:

    There’s a minor *local* contribution to coastal problems: Damming of several Texas rivers has reduced the sand and silt outflow to the coast. In natural conditions the coastline would have marginally positive growth (progradation), but is instead receding from uncountered natural erosion.

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