As meteorologists look to the latest heat wave scorching the Southwest, Houston’s history-making floods from this spring have all but dropped from the news cycle. And yet, parts of the city are still reeling from the deluge.
America’s fourth-largest city suffered through a downpour of biblical proportions—storms delivered more rain in a single day than any hurricane in the history of the city. Floods stole dozens of lives and incurred billions in damages.
Scientists have drawn a link between rising temperatures and increased precipitation. A warmer atmosphere can hold more water vapor and deliver heavier downpours. As the planet heats up, Houston can expect more severe rainfall.