Floods in Germany: Why are Europe’s floods so bad? Expert explains the horror forecast
This week, terrible floods hit Germany and Belgium, causing severe death and property destruction. Why are Europe’s floods so severe?
Flooding has wreaked havoc on communities across Western Europe this week, killing more than 80 people. Climate change is believed to be to blame for freak floods generated by unrelenting rain and storms, which have never been witnessed in these sections of the continent before.
Several rivers and reservoirs have breached their banks, destroying houses and businesses in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
The worst-affected areas are Germany and Belgium, where the death toll is anticipated to reach hundreds of people.
For all of this week, a slow-moving low-pressure system has engulfed the area, hemmed in by other weather fronts, resulting in widespread and severe rains.
A highly charged belt of air is looming above Germany, causing record rains in the country’s western regions.
“The significant rainfall, over 200 mm in 48 hours, is the outcome of a massive, slow-moving low pressure weather system ‘trapped’ by blocking high pressure systems,” Dr Steven Godby, a natural hazards expert at Nottingham Trent University, stated to This website.
“The capacity of soils to absorb and slowly release this water to streams and rivers is overwhelmed by such severe and protracted rains, as we are seeing.”
The weather has been unusual, and German forecasts anticipate that it will continue into the weekend.
Extreme weather events, such as this week’s rain, are becoming increasingly common across Europe.
According to Berkeley Earth’s worldwide research, the year 2020 was the hottest in Europe since records began.
Eight of the hottest years ever recorded have occurred in the last decade, which is terrifying.
The average temperature on the continent is now about 2 degrees Celsius higher than it was 121 years ago at the turn of the century.
But climate change isn’t just causing hotter weather; it’s also causing a significant increase in annual rainfall.
According to a recent study by experts at the Zurich Institute for Technology, Europe had a 45 percent rise in the number of days with heavy rainfall between 1981 and 2013, compared to the previous 30 years.
Between the 1980s and the 2000s, the number of catastrophic flooding occurrences tripled.
The German government’s ministers have placed the burden completely on the shoulders of the United States. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”