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Hydrology and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 897-921, 2017
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Research article
14 Feb 2017
Rapid attribution of the August 2016 flood-inducing extreme precipitation in south Louisiana to climate change
Karin van der Wiel et al.
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RC2: 'Thorough analysis', Anonymous Referee #2, 20 Nov 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by Editor) (06 Jan 2017) by Hannah Cloke  
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (16 Jan 2017)  Author's response  Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (19 Jan 2017) by Hannah Cloke
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Short summary
During August 2016, heavy precipitation led to devastating floods in south Louisiana, USA. Here, we analyze the climatological statistics of the precipitation event, as defined by its 3-day total over 12–14 August. Using observational data and high-resolution global coupled model experiments, we find for a comparable event on the central US Gulf Coast an average return period of about 30 years and the odds being increased by at least 1.4 since 1900 due to anthropogenic climate change.
During August 2016, heavy precipitation led to devastating floods in south Louisiana, USA. Here,...