Most climate scientists didn't want to link global warming and extraordinary storms. There wasn’t enough evidence, they would warn. Advances in their field are making them think otherwise. For instance, a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the World Weather Attribution group says climate change increased the odds of Louisiana’s Great Flood of 2016 by at least 40%, and might have more than doubled the chances of it happening.
Warm air holds more water in clouds, resulting in more intense rainstorms. That’s considered among the contributing reasons 30 inches of rain dropped on South Louisiana Aug. 10-17. The inundation caused Baton Rouge neighborhoods that had never flooded to go underwater.
Baton Rouge residents have been ahead of scientists. A growing majority of respondent in the Baton Rouge Area Foundation CityStats poll have said global warming is real and that government should regulate greenhouse gases. Unlike scientists, residents are relying on anecdotal evidence, most likely the rising seas that are partly reconfiguring Louisiana’s coast.