Analyses of Maximum Precipitation Estimates: Impacts of a Wetter Future

Map of Maximum Daily Precipication Difference

April 4, 2013 NOAA issued a press release regarding a new paper authored by Kenneth E. Kunkel [North Carolina State University’s Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites–North Carolina (CICS-NC)], Thomas R. Karl (NCDC Director), David R. Easterling (NCDC), Kelly Redmond (Desert Research Institute), John Young (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Xungang Yin (ERT, Inc.), and Paula Hennon (CICS-NC). The paper entitled Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) and Climate Change reports that as the globe warms from rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, more moisture in a warmer atmosphere will make the most extreme precipitation events more intense.

Read the full NOAA press release online at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2013/20130403_ncdcextremeprecipitationstudy.html.

View the study, Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) and Climate Change, online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/grl.50334/abstract.