Remember those fifteen inches of rain that fell out of the sky in less than a day last summer? The resulting flooding wreaked havoc, including at least one death and hundreds of millions of dollars of damage. Even though weather forecasters tracked and predicted the storms, the record rainfall came as a surprise. National Weather Service forecasters at the time said that predicting anything more than 5 inches was, “extremely difficult.” Meanwhile, although climate change models suggest more intense and frequent storms are likely, meteorologists are often reluctant to attribute a particular storm to climate change. Now, though, new breakthroughs in weather modelling may change all that. So, we brought in WORT’s resident expert, meteorologist Rob McClure to explain it to us.