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The types of storms that have been bringing heavy snow and rain to the West this winter, triggering landslides and floods while easing stubborn droughts, are likely to become stronger and more frequent, according to the results of a conclusive new study.

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“This paper provides a nice framework for exploring storm variability in other regions of the world,” said Sarah Kapnick, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate change scientist.

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“The strongest atmospheric river events along the West Coast during the 20th century are strongly linked to flood events of historical significance,” said Daniel Swain, a PhD candidate at Stanford who researches extreme weather.

“A reasonable inference to draw from these studies is that the risk of severe flood events along the West Coast will likely increase,” Swain said.

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