Dr. Kevin Trenberth, head of the Climate Analysis Division at the National Center on Atmospheric Research, explained the phenomenon this way: A warmer climate means warmer oceans and moister air, which in turn intensifies storms. "Global warming contributes to higher air and sea temperatures," he said, "as a result you get increased moisture in the atmosphere and more intense rainfall events." He pointed to governmental data showing a 20 percent increase in heavy precipitation in the past 50 years throughout the Southeastern region of America.
To Little, this makes Nashville more than just another heartbreaking scene of destruction. We're a disaster with a purpose.
The city of Nashville is not just a federal disaster area, it is a federal opportunity. As we pump floodwaters from our submerged streets, we must also devise sweeping strategies to reduce our climate impact and create green jobs. Nashville can do more than recover from this tragedy — we can become a stronghold of new, green innovation.
That will do more than prevent further disaster, it will create jobs, strengthen our economy — as a city, state and country — and build our national morale.