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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Matt Davies)

In other news, the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once against certified that Iran is complying with the terms of the nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, the U.S. budget deficit for the month of October increased by nearly 40 percent year-over-year. Time for some deficit-exploding tax cuts!

Finally, a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says the extreme rain we saw during Hurricane Harvey could become the new normal.

Study author Kerry Emanuel, a meteorology professor and hurricane expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found that what was once an extremely rare event — 20 inches of rain over a large area of Texas — could soon be almost common.

From 1981 to 2000, the probability of 20 inches of rain happening somewhere over a large chunk of Texas was 1 in 100 or even less, Emanuel said. Now it’s 6 in 100 and by 2081, those odds will be 18 in 100, he said.

Of course, if 20 inches of rain becomes common or normal, something even more extreme will become possible.

Texas state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said he was struck by the potential for much higher rainfall that Emanuel’s simulations predict for the future and how important it is for the design of critical structures like dams and nuclear facilities.

“If the worst-case precipitation scenario is getting worse, as Kerry’s study and other evidence implies, that safety margin is shrinking,” Nielsen-Gammon said in an email, highlighting Emanuel’s results that also show the worst-case storms becoming wetter and more common.

Sleep tight.

  • fry1laurie

    No, Grover Norquist followers, it’s the Government you want to drown in a bathtub, NOT the middle class.

  • Badgerite

    Chris Collins and Lindsey Graham ‘misspoke’ when they said the GOP was desperate to get tax ‘reform’ ( otherwise known as raising taxes on the middle class, the disabled, and suburban America to pay for tax cuts for corporate America) for their donors. They are desperate to get this bill enacted for their OWNERS. If policy is beholden to a narrow interest group who pays all of your political bills, how is that not bribery and the “best government money can buy?”

  • Aynwrong

    “In other news, the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once against certified that Iran is complying with the terms of the nuclear deal.”

    Thusly showing us why the Tangerine Nightmare is so obsessed with undoing it.

    Republican politicians, pundits nor voters have ever given two shakes of a rat’s ass about the debt or the deficit. Never have. Never will.

    The same idiots who think mass voter fraud is real think all this climate change stuff is a bunch of hooey. Sleep tight indeed.

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