A new study shows that the floods in Europe this summer should only happen about once every four years but the climate crisis has upended those odds. The current state of the planet has made it between 1.2 and 9 times more likely to happen, which means we may not have to wait another 400 years to see this again.
The floods were caused by warmer climates that increased the amount of moisture in the air. For every 2 degrees of increased temperature, there is 8% more water vapor in the atmosphere. This with an unusually strong jetstream contributed to the massive floods.
Over 200 people died from the flooding in Germany and Belgium. The World Weather Attribution is responsible for this study and the organization says that “these changes will continue in a rapidly warming climate.”