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Marijuana Weight Gain, Climate Change and Floods, Alcoholism Predictors, and More Top Stories 1 July 2015

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Major Midwest Flood Risk Underestimated by as Much as Five Feet, Study Finds

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As floodwaters surge along major rivers in the midwestern United States, a new study from Washington University in St. Louis suggests federal agencies are underestimating historic 100-year flood levels on these rivers by as much as five feet, a miscalculation that has serious implications for future flood risks, flood insurance and business development in an expanding floodplain.

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Picturing the Forecast: National Weather Service Graphics Developed with NCAR Research

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The National Weather Service this summer is introducing new online forecasts based on research by a team of risk communication experts at NCAR. The new graphics will better communicate local forecasts and potential weather threats for the millions of Americans who rely on the NWS website.

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Texas Tech Deploys Research Team to Intercept Tropical Storm Bill

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Flooding in Central, South Texas Puts Layers of Climate, Economy on Display

From infrastructure to climate change, the disaster impacts areas of daily life.

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Texas Flash Flooding, Coping with Disasters and PTSD: Psychiatrists Available for Comment

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As the River Rises: Cahokia’s Emergence and Decline Linked to Mississippi River Flooding

As with rivers, civilizations across the world rise and fall. Sometimes, the rise and fall of rivers has something to do with it. At Cahokia, the largest prehistoric settlement in the Americas north of Mexico, new evidence suggests that major flood events in the Mississippi River valley are tied to the cultural center’s emergence and ultimately, to its decline.

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Predicting the Extent of Flash Flooding

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Devastating floodwaters such as those experienced during Iowa's Flood of 2008 are notoriously difficult to predict. So a team of University of Iowa mathematicians and hydrologists collaborating with the Iowa Flood Center set out to gain a better understanding of flood genesis and the factors impacting it. They were able to do this by zeroing in on the impacts of certain rainfall patterns at the smallest unit of a river basin: the hillslope scale.

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Study Finds Midwest Flooding More Frequent

The U.S. Midwest and surrounding states have endured increasingly more frequent flood episodes over the past half-century, according to a study from the University of Iowa.

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New Methods to Calculate Risk of Floods

University of Adelaide researchers are devising new methods to more accurately estimate long-term flood risk.