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Climate change to bring North Texas longer droughts, heavy rains, 120-degree temps within 25 years

CLIMATE CHANGE TO BRING NORTH TEXAS LONGER DROUGHTS, HEAVY RAINS, 120-DEGREE TEMPS WITHIN 25 YEARS
CLIMATE CHANGE TO BRING NORTH TEXAS LONGER DROUGHTS, HEAVY RAINS, 120-DEGREE TEMPS WITHIN 25 YEARS

"While the state highway system was built above flooding levels, the connector roads may be easily flooded," said Arne Winguth, a climate scientist at UTA who co-authored the report. Last year hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria; the wildfires and floods in California; and tornado outbreaks in the Midwest and the South delivered $306.2 billion in damages, more than any year in history when adjusted for inflation. Texas is particularly vulnerable to a changing climate. It has had more costly weather-related disasters than any other state, and those events will happen more often as air and ocean temperatures climb, scientists say.