Historic Floods In Dubai As A 12 months (Or Two) Of Rain Falls In A Day

Historic Floods In Dubai As A Year (Or Two) Of Rain Falls In A Day


Dubai Worldwide Airport was closed for a brief interval Tuesday and numerous flights had been cancelled as quite a few jets on the bottom regarded extra like puddle jumpers plying the uneven waters of the tarmac.

The UAE’s Nationwide Heart of Meteorology stated a historic storm dropped extra rainfall than the realm has seen in at the least the previous 75 years, with components of the town of Al Ain south of Dubai receiving over 25 cm (10 inches) of rain in lower than 24 hours. By some accounts that’s over twice the quantity of rain sometimes acquired there in a complete 12 months. Precisely how lengthy it’s been since this a lot rain has fallen on this a part of the desert is probably going inconceivable to know since knowledge assortment solely started in 1949.

The occasion strains up with two worrying and seemingly contradictory developments. Like many different arid nations, the UAE is seeing a long-term decline in annual rainfall thus far this century. A 2022 report confirmed a decline in annual rainfall since 2003 in comparison with the long-term imply. On the similar time, excessive climate anomalies like this week’s flooding are on the rise within the area and around the globe, it appears. Comparable downpours (though not fairly as moist) made information within the UAE in 2016 and 2022.

In actual fact, an entire new sub-field of “attribution” science has emerged previously decade to not simply chronicle such uncommon and excessive climate occasions, however to find out how a lot they are often attributed to the consequences of local weather change. It is going to be a while earlier than judgment is rendered on these epic rains.

The unscientific time period that appears nonetheless extra correct to me for occasions like these has lengthy been “international weirding,” apparently coined by Hunter Lovins again when the phrase “international warming” was extra generally used than local weather change.

We now know worldwide warming isn’t the whole thing of our worries; it’s certainly the weirding of the climate that comes with it. One season it would take the type of a hurricane parking itself over Houston, one other it could be report warmth and fires in British Columbia, then operating that final one again two years in a row to be meta-weird.

Over a 12 months’s value of rain in a single day in one of many driest areas on Earth quantities to the planet’s local weather staying on pattern one other day.

Rain is predicted to proceed within the space however will taper off over the approaching hours and days.


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