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Satellite observation and number crunching have shown that rising temperatures, indeed, lead to more extreme downpours — and fewer light rains. More extreme downpours in turn, lead to flash flooding, property damage and loss of life. The poorer the area is, the worse the problem.

The observed rise in the heaviest tropical rains is about twice that produced by computer simulations used to assess how human-caused global warming could change rainfall, said the researchers. …

But this analysis, using satellite measurements, is the first to find a strong statistical link between warmth and extreme tropical downpours, the researchers said.

Extreme Rain

Like Las Vegas, Nevada yesterday for example