May 2016 North American storm complex Article

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May 2016 North American storm complex
Location Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas
Deaths Several

The May 2016 United States storm complex was a storm system that triggered a flood in the United States on May 31, 2016, affecting the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. The inundation set precipitation records in Texas [1] and Oklahoma. [2] On June 2, 2016, the rising of the Brazos River required evacuations for portions of Brazoria County, Texas. [3] Ten deaths of Texans and thousands of home evacuations [4] led Texas Governor Greg Abbott to issue a statewide Disaster Proclamation on June 1, 2016 considering the damage in thirty-one counties including Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Coleman, Colorado, Erath, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Jasper, Kleberg, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Lubbock, Montgomery, Palo Pinto, Parker, Polk, Robertson, San Jacinto, Tyler, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties. [5] Meteorologists attributed this storm's devastation to the power of the El Niño climate cycle. [6] An El Niño system is identified following fluctuation in the climate, characterized by an eastern shift of warming ocean water from the western tropical Pacific Ocean and rainfall along the equator. [7]

References

  1. ^ CNN, Joe Sutton, Madison Park and Mayra Cuevas -. "Seven dead after record-setting floods in Texas, Kansas". Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Texas and Oklahoma Set All-Time Record Wet Month; Other May Rain Records Shattered in Arkansas, Nebraska". Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Mandatory evacuations ordered in Brazoria County". Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Flooding In Texas Kills 6, With More Rain Forecast". Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  5. ^ Governor, Office of the. "Disaster Proclamation Issued For Texas Flooding". gov.texas.gov. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  6. ^ "Devastating Floods in Texas, Oklahoma Driven by El Niño". Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  7. ^ "What Is El Niño?". Retrieved 2016-09-15.