Midnight In The Desert — flood

Why they’re rescuing bats in Houston

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Why they’re rescuing bats in Houston

On the grand scale of things, it may seem frivolous. While Houston is underwater and in the throngs of Herculean search and rescue efforts, wildlife experts are addressing the issue of imperiled bats. The underside of the Waugh Bridge is home to a colony of 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats; as the Buffalo Bayou beneath it has risen, the bats have been trying to escape. Some have made it to surrounding buildings, others trying to flee have ended up in the water – struggling and drowning. Others, “too cold and wet to fly, simply remain in harm's way,” reports Popular Science....

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Climate Change Is Raising Flood Risk in the Northern U.S.

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Climate Change Is Raising Flood Risk in the Northern U.S.

Scientists who combined an on-the-ground look at stream gauge data and an above-the-ground view from satellites have determined that as the Earth warms, the threat of flooding is growing in the northern half of the United States. The research from the University of Iowa, published recently in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, found that shifting rainfall patterns and the amount of water in the ground are likely causes for the changes. The work fed off research published in 2015 that looked at stream gauges in the central United States, said Gabriele Villarini, an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering...

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Extreme Floods May Be the New Normal

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Extreme Floods May Be the New Normal

Over the past year alone, catastrophic rain events characterized as once-in-500-year or even once-in-1,000-year events have flooded West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and now Louisiana, sweeping in billions of dollars of property damage and deaths along with the high waters. These extreme weather events are forcing many communities to confront what could signal a new climate change normal. Now many are asking themselves: Are they doing enough to plan for and to adapt to large rain events that climate scientists predict will become more frequent and more intense as global temperatures continue to rise? The answer in many communities...

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Why This Weekend's Record Flooding in Louisiana Was So Extreme

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Why This Weekend's Record Flooding in Louisiana Was So Extreme

Historic, record flooding gripped southeastern Louisiana this weekend after neighborhoods from Baton Rouge to Livingston were swamped under an absolute torrent of rainfall. As of this morning, 20,000 people have been rescued from their homes, and the danger is far from over. Meteorologically speaking, this event has been unfolding for more than a week, thanks to a slow-moving, low-pressure tropical air mass fed by high sea surface temperatures, and record humidity. All of these factors should be taken in the context of climate change, which is making extreme single-day rainfall events and catastrophic floods more likely. More on climate later—let’s...

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Major flash flooding hits Maryland

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Major flash flooding hits Maryland

Historic, low-lying Ellicott City, Maryland, was ravaged by floodwaters Saturday night, killing two people and causing devastating damage to homes and businesses, officials said. (July 31) Video taken from the 2nd floor of Portalli's Restaurant on Main Street.

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