Summary: For years, scientists have predicted that climate change will lead to more storms causing flash floods, landslides, and other natural disasters. Recent studies have shown that heavy precipitation will become more frequent and also intensify throughout the continental United States if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the levels they are at. They believe will also bring regional variations will take place across the country as well. This study, which was completed by scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, shows that intense storms are likely to become five times as frequent as they are now producing up to 70 percent more rain in areas such as the Northeast and Gulf Coast. Although regions such as the Pacific Northwest will become drier on average, the rainfall will only intensify, which will likely lead to droughts and flash floods, as a relate of growing atmospheric humidity. Effects of climate change are already evident in weather patterns, and this research as built "confidence in our previous work and adds to the urgency that this is the sort of thing we need to pay attention to," according to Dr. Kevin E. Trenberth, a senior researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.