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MONDAY at 10: Recent weather, climate change and Iowa

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We often hear about climate change and global warming. But what's the impact to Iowans?

On Monday at 10 p.m., we'll take a look.

Here in Iowa, we saw a lot of weather extremes. Of course, there was the record flooding in 2008. But floods happen each year in Iowa on smaller scale -- though these smaller floods also cause problems.

Then there's the winter. The winter of 2013-2014 was bitterly cold and brought plenty of snow.

All the weather patterns left me wondering -- can the rain and cold be blamed on climate change? Should we be expecting more of these extremes in coming years? How do we adjust to the changes? These are questions that will be explored in this story.

Jerry Schnoor is co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa, which was founded in 1990 to study the effects of climate change regionally and globally. We sat down and talked about what changes in weather we've seen in recent decades and what changes are likely to come.

"We're seeing intense rainfalls that we didn't see 100 years ago," said Schnoor. "It's very unusual 100 years ago to have a 4-inch rainfall in a single day, and now it's not so uncommon."

We've seen the problems intense rainfalls can cause. Streets flood. Farmers can't plant.

Monday during the KWWL News at 10, learn more about what cities and farmers are doing to adjust to the changing weather.
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