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Heavy rain storms occurring with more frequency

While many studies on global warming focus on increase in temperatures and examine the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, a new report examined the frequency of large rain and snow storms in the United States between 1948 to 2006. Its conclusion is that larger rain and snowstorms are occurring with greater frequency, including California, where heavy rainfall is now 26 percent more likely to occur than it was 60 years ago. Additionally, snowpack in the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains tend to melt more quickly due to heavy rainstorms, ushering in a host of problems during the summer months, when the snowpack melt is usually anticipated. Nationally, the report shows that storms with extreme precipitation have increased in frequency by 24 percent across the United States since 1948.

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