USA Today released a data investigation
that breaks down just how many people and places are being affected by extreme precipitation in the U.S. The investigation is part of a project called Downpour, which visualizes the way climate change has shifted precipitation trends over the past 126 years.
Currently spoke with Kevin Crowe
a data journalist at USA Today who worked on the project.
“A grand majority of the population in the United States lives in an area that is affected to some degree by these changes in patterns,” said Crowe.
He said that the rate at which precipitation has changed, particularly over the past three decades is “startling”.
Just this past year extreme flooding events, mudslides, and droughts broke records across the world. According to USA Today’s findings, more than half of the nation’s climate divisions had their wettest periods on record since 2018.
Dinah Pulver, one of Downpour’s lead reporters, and Michael Mann, a climatologist at Penn State University, are hosting a Twitter Space
tomorrow to discuss how the climate crisis is affecting rainfall patterns.