- This story has been updated to include comment from Environment Canada on heavy rainfall events in the Windsor region.Nov 20, 2015 12:06 PM ET
"A lot of it has to do with the frequency of the storms and I think you could even extrapolate that it's got to do with climate change," ...
... "we're getting 20 times more storms now than we were 20 years ago."
However, Environment Canada says it has recently looked at the trends in heavy rainfall events and there were "no significant changes" in the Windsor region between 1953 and 2012.
It appears that the interviewee based statements on an insurance industry newsletter.
|Excerpt. CBC response to complaint on storm statistics and frequency causing flooding.|
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(Originally) no fact checkers at cbcnews.ca this week for a story on storm frequency. Hence bogus statements introduce an article on why storm damage claims are increasing:
"The more storms Mother Nature dishes out, the more problems homeowners have with their sewers and basements.
|Real climate data from Environment Canada shows no change in historical rainfall intensities.|
- there is no statistically significant change in rainfall intensity for 86% of data points
- there is a statistically significant decrease for 2 to 3% of data
- there is a statistically significant increase for 3 to 5% of data
- there is incomplete data for trend analysis 7% of the time
- for shortest duration rainfall that affects urban flooding, just less than 3% of data shows increases in intensity (5 minute intensity increases at 2.7% of gauges)
- 41% of data showed a decrease in intensity
- 52% of data showed an increase in intensity
- 7% of data was incomplete (no data trend)
- 42% of data showed a decrease in intensity
- 56% of data showed an increase in intensity
- 2% of data was incomplete (no data trend)
|Government of Ontario climate data. Oh my, it is getting big and scary just like the infographic and cbcnews.ca foretold!|