Did I miss something? Have we been having a heat wave? Have we been hotter than ever? No to all three. Staudt's theory holds less water than cool air would.
Reuters also quotes Nicholas Pinter from Southern Illinois University. He is critical of the assumptions made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when predicting that the Mississippi River and its tributaries will flood in certain places only once every 100 or 500 years. He is critical with good reason . . . in the last 35 years, there have been four 100-year floods. The Corps of Engineers doesn't account for global warming BUT, Pinter points out, the Corps also fails to account for the effects of land use and navigation construction.
Pinter and the Reuters article also fail to account for the most important factor in all of this . . . we human beings don't control the weather! We can't predict rain (see any local newscast for proof of that) let alone control when it falls.
And we can't control rivers either, no matter how many levees we build. Eventually rivers go where they want to go. Mark Twain put it best many years ago when he said, "The Mississippi River will always have its own way; no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise."
Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis, droughts and earthquakes will come whether the earth is warming or not.