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New York City Is in Its Tropical-Weather Era

New York City Is in Its Tropical-Weather Era

New York City is seeing rainfall patterns that look more like Miami’s or even Singapore’s, a city official said at The Atlantic Festival. Gary Hershorn/Getty September 29, 2023, 3:24 PM ET New York City’s sewer system is built for the rain of the past—when a notable storm might’ve meant 1.75 inches of water an hour. It wasn’t built to handle the rainfall from Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, or, more recently, Hurricane Ida—which dumped 3.15 inches an hour on Central Park. And also it wasn’t built to handle the kind of extreme rainfall that is becoming routine: The city flooded last December, last April, and last July—an unusual seasonal span. “We now have in New York something much more like a tropical-rainfall pattern,” Rohit Aggarwala, New York City’s environmental-protection commissioner, said yesterday at The Atlantic Festival. “And it happens over and over again.” It happened today. Less than 24 hours after Aggarwala’s statements, rain arrived in New York City—the kind that sends waterfalls through Brooklyn subway ceilings, dangerously floods basements, and floats cars on the road …