In the spring of 2019, floodwaters overwhelmed levees across the Midwest, drenching towns and causing billions of dollars in infrastructure and crop damage. Floods often happen on the rainiest day of the year — the single calendar day with the most precipitation. The independent organization, Climate Central, has tracked how these wet days are trending over time, analyzing data for 244 cities around the country. In most areas, rainfall extremes have intensified as the climate has warmed.
By Climate Central, May 15, 2019