Study: Urban Growth Changes Rainfall Patterns

May 18, 2018

Lightening strikes over the waterA new study by Florida State University researchers shows that urban areas throughout the state’s peninsula receive shorter, more intense wet seasons than rural areas.

Vasu Misra, lead investigator of the study, said, “Urban areas experience the same amount of rainfall as the rural areas but in a shorter amount of time.

“Therefore, the hourly rain rate is stronger in urban regions. This suggests that urban areas are receiving the rainfall in shorter, more intense bursts — particularly during the summer months.”

Misra predicts that these bursts will become even more intense in the future as urban growth continues.

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