This tragic, deadly, anddestructive weather-- not to mention thedroughts inGeorgia,California,Kansas,North Carolina,Florida,Tennessee,NorthDakota, and elsewhereacross the country-- are consistent with the changesscientists predicted would come with global warming. Gov. Chet Culver (D-IA) calledthe three weeks of storms that gave rise to the floods in his state "historic inproportion," saying "very few peoplecould anticipate or prepare for that type of event." Culver is, unfortunately, wrong. As far back as 1995,analysisby the NationalClimatic Data Center showed that the United States "had suffered astatisticallysignificant increasein a variety of extreme weather events." In 2007, the U.N.Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that it is "very likely"that man-made global warming will bring an "increase in frequencyof hot extremes,heat waves and heavy precipitation." The Nobel Prize-winning panel of thousands of scientists and government officials also found, "Altered frequencies and intensities of extreme weather, together with sea level rise, are expected to havemostly adverseeffectson natural and human systems." In 2002, scientists said that "increasedprecipitation, an expected outcome of climate change, may cause losses of US cornproduction to double over the next 30 years -- additional damage that couldcostagriculture $3 billion per year." Scientists have also found that the "West will seedevastating droughtsas global warming reduces the amount of mountain snow andcauses the snow that does fall to melt earlier in the year."