The Drought-Stricken Midwest’s Floods: Is This What Climate Change Looks Like?

Dire predictions have already been realized over the course of the last six months.

U.S. Army fills sandbags to help with flood relief efforts in Dutchtown, Mo., April 22, 2013. U.S. Department of Defense/Flickr

The dramatic images resulting from this week’s floods in the Midwest are, in a way, a welcome sight. Six months ago, the region was wracked by drought. While the sudden drought-to-flood transition may not be due to climate change, it’s close to what some models predict.

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