UPDATE AUG 7: A rain bomb killed dozens of people in Skopje, Macedonia on August 6 as record breaking rainfall blasted the capital city and caused record breaking floods. As is generally the case with microbursts, the intensity was not predictable.
The Macroburst That Hit Phoenix July 27 and the 1,000 Year Floods That Hit Maryland: Out of Control Weather Is Becoming The Norm
Meteorologists object to the term rain bomb. Look at the picture taken from a chopper. What would you call this thing?
A rain bomb is another word for microburst or wet microburst, which is a downward blast of wind and water that can be likened to a one shot stationary tornado. While some meteorologists have called the term “alarmist”, the fact is that anyone who has experienced a rain bomb thinks it’s accurate. But even Bloomberg News, which one would hardly call a radical publication, is now making reference to “weaponizing the atmosphere.”
A macroburst, not surprisingly, is an even larger rain bomb. For example, the one that came down on Phoenix, AZ on July 27, 2016 had an “outflow” area about 2.5 miles wide and winds over 100 mph. Trees were uprooted and 33,000 people lost power.
And a lot more people have been bombed by downward rain blast events in the past several years than ever before, as statistics begin to emerge that support the long held theory that extreme rainfall events – both positive and negative – are the way of the world during the era of abrupt climate change. The climate scientists* are telling us that rain storms are becoming less frequent, but far more violent – a model long predicted by climate change models. They are extremely confident that these storms will intensity, because the atmosphere is accumulating water vapor as global temperatures rise.
The quantity of CO2, Methane (CH4) and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has increased by over 40% since the pre-industrial era. The greenhouse gases trap more water vapor and higher temperatures generate more energy. Boom.
You may have noticed in passing the flash flood in Ellicott City, Md in late July that killed two and dumped 6.5 inches of rain in three hours? That was actually the ninth recorded “1-in-1000 year” rain storm since 2010. One recording spot in Maryland measured 8.22 inches during those same three hours.
Three “1-in-1000-year” storms have hit the US in 2016. Do the math.
Flooding in Houston in April killed eight people. Twenty-three people died in West Virginia flooding in June.