UC Professor Predicts Drastic Increase in California Rain

Northern California may see upwards of a 14 percent increase in rainfall by the end of the century

A researcher at the University of California, Riverside found the state, may see a drastic increase of rainfall.

Robert Allen, an Assistant Professor in UC Riverside’s Earth Sciences Department, published his results in the journal Nature Communications. In his findings, Allen noted that rain in Northern California may see upwards of a 14 percent increase by the end of the century. Further, the winter will bring even more precipitation.

Northern California winters will see a 32 percent increase in rain, according to Allen. Central California’s rates would rise even more to a staggering 39 percent. There would also be an 11 percent increase in the state's southern region.

These numbers are being compared to those at the end of the 20th century.

Such predictions are a consequence of climate change. With fluctuations in atmospheric circulation caused by warming, more storms are being pushed toward the state. Allen also explained that the data collected was based off of a “business as usual “model. From this, greenhouse gasses are also projected to more than double the current levels by 2100.

The UC Riverside researcher reached this conclusion by looking at 38 different state of the art models, from which Allen singled out the ones that best represented California’s current weather patterns.

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