NPR

Climate Change Was The Engine That Powered Hurricane Maria's Devastating Rains

Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico. Scientists say a storm of such severity is nearly five times more likely to occur today, with warmer air and ocean water, than in the '50s.
A landslide triggered by extreme rain during Hurricane Maria in 2017 washed coffins downhill from the Lares Municipal Cemetery in Puerto Rico. Source: Ricardo Arduengo

Hurricane Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico, and climate change is partly to blame, according to a new study.

The worst rain fell in the mountainous central part of Puerto Rico, from the northwest to the southeast. That part of the island is of rain.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR2 min read
Claudia Grisales Joins NPR's Washington Desk
In a note to newsroom staff Senior Washington Editor, Beth Donovan, and Deputy Washington Editor, Shirley Henry, announced this staffing update: All — We are delighted to announce that Claudia Grisales will be NPR's newest congressional reporter. Cla
NPR1 min read
Nepalese Sherpa Sets Mount Everest Record (Again), Climbing Mountain Twice In A Week
A Nepalese mountain climber has now climbed Mount Everest a record 24 times — and he's hoping to do it one more time before he retires.
NPR6 min readPolitics
'The Economy Is Slipping': China's Slowdown Hits Former Boomtown
He Qiang should be manning his convenience store, but today he's collecting tiny green berries along the road and shooting them at birds with his slingshot. The 26-year-old is distracting himself from his worries. He spent all his savings — the equiv