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Old 03-20-2008, 08:11 AM   #1
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AP - Storms that dumped as much of a foot of rain on the Midwest took aim at the Ohio Valley and Northeast on Thursday, leaving behind submerged roads, swamped homes and more than a dozen deaths.



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Midwest floods show signs of global warming
Tue Jul 1, 2008 WASHINGTON - Floods like those that inundated the U.S. Midwest are supposed to occur once every 500 years but this is the second since 1993, suggesting flawed forecasts that do not take global warming into account, conservation experts said on Tuesday.
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"Although no single weather event can be attributed to global warming, it's critical to understand that a warming climate is supplying the very conditions that fuel these kinds of weather events," said Amanda Staudt, a climate scientist with the National Wildlife Federation.

Warmer air can carry more water, Staudt said in a telephone briefing, and this means more heavy precipitation in the central United States. Big Midwestern storms that used to be seen every 20 years or so will likely occur every four to six years by century's end, she said.

The idea that certain places along the Mississippi River and its tributaries will only flood once every 500 years may be based on mistaken assumptions that flood patterns do not change over time, said Nicholas Pinter of Southern Illinois University.

Pinter said these assumptions are contained in an analysis on Mississippi River flooding in the upper Midwest, led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which among other things builds and maintains river levees. In the last 35 years, there have been four floods in the Mississippi River basin that qualified as 100-year floods or higher according to the Army Corps' analysis, Pinter said.

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The lack of supporting facts, including Pinters qualifications, piqued my curiosity. Professor Pintor is an assistant professor of geology, and while he does have a Ph.D in geology, there is no mention of him being a meteorologist. Nicholas Pinter

I attended SIU-C and know several SIU graduates with Masters degrees and Juris Doctorates. They are Paper Tigers and shallow thinkers. While SIU's professors are on 'sabbaticals' to far away lands, literally for years, students teach classes. These professors and the university need grant money, and lots of it. For these reasons I am inclined question Pinter's 'not-expert' opinion in meteorology. Go back to studying rocks, Professor, and leave the weather to weather people.
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