Warm air can carry more water than cool air. You may understand this fact intuitively even if you don’t realize it. The greater moisture of warm air explains why your skin doesn’t get as dry in the summer and why the forests of the sweltering Amazon get a lot more precipitation than northern Canada’s forests.
"Irma, and the Rise of Extreme Rain" is from the September 11, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.