While the Southwest is likely to face even more
intense droughts, the scientists wrote, heavy
downpours will become more frequent in some other
parts of the country because of increased water
vapor in the air.
"This report addresses one of the most frequently
asked questions about global warming: What will
happen to weather and climate extremes?" said one
of the report's two co-chairs, Thomas R. Karl,
who directs NOAA's National Climatic Data Center
in Asheville, N.C.. He added that the report,
which synthesizes the findings of more than 100
academic papers, "concludes that we are now
witnessing and will increasingly experience more
extreme weather and climate events."
What have modelers and forecasters at National Weather Service offices been saying about this topic?