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Floods and how to stop them: 3 questions, 3 answers

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As cleanup begins after massive flash flooding in Germany, many are left wondering why a predictable natural phenomenon causes so much damage nearly every year? Fresh-water floods usually come in one of two forms. The first is a flash flood, meaning a bout of high-density rainfall over a relatively small area. The localized downpour results in a complete, systemic overflow at various locations simultaneously. Towns and cities in southern Germany registered flash floods Sunday (26.05.2016), particularly a town of 60,000 called Braunsbach, featured here in the video…

 

El Nino bows out after driving year of record heat as La Nina lurks in the wings

After a year of driving global temperatures to unprecedented warmth, the giant El Nino weather event in the Pacific is officially over, raising hopes that drought-hit regions may be in for some relief in Australia and elsewhere. The Bureau of Meteorology, which was the first to declare the event had begun a year ago, on Tuesday said sea-surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific had dropped back to neutral conditions. Other indicators, such as the resumption of the typically westward-blowing tradewinds, also supported proof of the event’s demise…

 

Texas river expected to crest at record level as locals brace for more flooding

Residents of some rural south-east Texas counties braced for more flooding along a river that is expected to crest at a record level just two years after it had run dry in places because of drought. National Weather Service meteorologists predicted the Brazos river would crest at 53.5 feet by midday on Tuesday in Fort Bend County, three feet above the previous record and topping a 1994 flood that caused extensive damage. During four days of torrential rain, six people died in floods along the Brazos, which runs from New Mexico to the Gulf of Mexico. A Brazos River Authority map shows all 11 of the reservoirs fed by the Brazos at 95 to 100% capacity…

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