Climate change has made the deathly-wet Atlantic hurricane season of 2020 significantly wetter, according to a new study.

Of the 14 storms that achieved hurricane status, about 8 percent more rainfall came from hurricanes that could hit the country, the study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications said.

The researchers assessed how much water fell during those thirty storms using computer simulations-which were constantly updating with real-time observations-and then compared it with a simulated world in which there is no human effect upon climate change brought about by the burning of coal, oil, and gas.

“The expected increase in hurricane rainfall is probably the most robust prediction concerning the response of hurricanes to climate change,” said MIT professor Kerry Emanuel, who was not involved in the study.

It broke records in not only the number of named storms, but also in the number of severe winds of at least 111 miles per hour – seven – and the number that struck land in the United States.

The difference is the problem of how global warming is doing.

When the researchers looked at only the three wettest hours for each storm, climate change increased their likelihood of being in the world without climate change by 8%.

Storms reaching hurricane status had 11 percent more rain during peak rainfall period than usual, the study said.

Climate change

Contemporary climate change includes both global warming and its impacts on Earth’s weather patterns. There have been previous periods of climate change, (wikipedia)