18 inches of rain in 24 hours, yesterday, just upriver from us at Marble Falls TX. The flood control people (the LCRA = “Lower Colorado River Authority”) are going bonkers trying to smooth this event out and parcel out minimal flood damage. More rain is expected in the Colorado basin this week.
Such rainfalls are not unheard of in Texas, but usually they are associated with tropical storms, which this one isn’t.
Here’s hoping we don’t get one of those soon.
No individual event is caused by climate change. By definition, “climate change” loads the dice in favor of certain types of events. Theory (Allen and Ingram, Nature 2002, v 419 pp 224 – 232) indicates an increasing likelihood of such severe local precipitation events in the foreseeable future.
Update: more here.