European rainfall record set in Italy after 12-hour deluge
Northwestern Italy has been hit by record rainfall from a complex of thunderstorms, triggering flooding and mudslides, per AP.
- It represents over half the typical amount of rainfall that region gets in one year (slightly more than 50 inches). "It's several times the average October rainfall of 6 to 7 inches," the Washington Post reports.
- 19.5 inches of rain fell in six hours in Cairo Montenotte — a six-hour rainfall record for both Italy and Europe, according to meteorologists and climatologists.
Meanwhile, 7.1 inches of rain poured down in one hour on Vicomorasso — "more than double the 3.15 inches that fell during the record-setting one-hour cloudburst that overwhelmed New York City on Sept. 1 as the remnants of Hurricane Ida passed," per WashPost.
- The storm generated over half a million lightning strikes in the region in 48 hours, meteorologists noted.
Of note: The coastal city of Savona in the northwestern region of Liguria, which borders France, was the worst affected by flooding and mudslides, AP reports.
- There were no immediate reports of casualties, but dozens of people were rescued, per WashPost. A bridge in the town of Quiliano collapsed in the floods, according to Milan news outlet Corriere della Sera.
Our thought bubble, via Axios' Andrew Freedman: The extraordinary deluge follows other recent and deadly extreme precipitation events in Tennessee, the New York City area, and this past summer in Central Europe, among others.
- The most recent assessment report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicated increased confidence that heavy precipitation events are tied to human-caused climate change, since warmer air holds more moisture that storms can tap into.