The wettest year on record for the globe was 2010, and 2011 was the second wettest, said Scott Mandia, a founder of the Climate Science Rapid Response Team.
Mandia said man-made climate change is increasing the probability of floods such as those experienced in Thailand.
He points to a 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that found that "globally, the number of great inland flood catastrophes during the last 10 years (1996-2005) is twice as large, per decade, as between 1950 and 1980, while related economic losses have increased by a factor of five."
Patrick Thibodeau covers SaaS and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @DCgov, or subscribe to Patrick's RSS feed. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about hardware in Computerworld's Hardware Topic Center.