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A record-setting day of rain in Oklahoma City caused widespread flooding in early May 2015. How rare was the event?

A weak high, a cut-off low, and rapid ocean warming conspired to dump torrential rains in Chile's Atacama Desert in late March 2015.

What happens when years' worth of rain falls in the Atacama Desert in one day? Tremendous flash flooding. 

Devastating floods across Malaysia and Thailand in late December and mid-January bear the hallmarks of an enhanced MJO climate pattern superimposed on the seasonal monsoon.

During the second half of December and the beginning of January, places from Sri Lanka to northwest Australia experienced exceptionally heavy rains, flash floods, and landslides.

Last September’s widespread flooding in northeast Colorado, which saw just over 17 inches of rain in one week in the city of Boulder, was not made more likely or more intense by the influence of human-induced climate change on atmospheric moisture.

Flash floods scoured Phoenix and surrounding areas on September 8, 2014. How did the rainfall totals compare to normal September precipitation?

It's the time of year for potentially toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. But the stage for most blooms is set in spring.

October in Alaska this year was more like September, with warmth and rain in place of autumn chill and snow. Wind anomalies related to unusual pressure patterns conspired to bring a steady stream of warm, wet air from southerly latitudes into Alaska.

For much of Alaska, lack of snow, soaking rains, and record-warmth have made October feel more like September.

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