Global warming seen in wetter winters

Danish scientists find natural variations account for only half of century-long rise in rainfall

A study by the Danish meteorological institute (DMI) has found a 10-20% increase in winter precipitation in north-western Europe over the last century. "Only half of this increase can be explained by natural variations in the atmosphere," it concludes.

According to DMI, the findings "suggest that the basic structure of the climate system is changing. One possible explanation is that the atmosphere, because of global warming, contains more water vapour today than at the beginning of the 20th century."

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