Rapid attribution of the May/June 2016 flood-inducing precipitation in France and Germany to climate change

The extreme precipitation that would result in historic flooding across areas of northeastern France and southern Germany began on May 26th when a large cut-off low spurred the development of several slow moving low pres- 5 sure disturbances. The precipitation took different forms in each country. Warm and humid air from the south fueled sustained, large-scale, heavy rainfall over France resulting in significant river flooding on the Seine and Loire (and their tributaries), whereas the rain came from smaller clusters of 10 intense thunderstorms in Germany triggering flash floods in mountainous areas.

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