Winter ended this month with tornado sirens blaring in Alabama and highways collapsed and bridges washed downstream in Nebraska. Climate is wreaking the change that scientists warned it would.

Several years ago, a few scientists from Kansas State University and the University of Kansas joined researchers from around the world on a panel that earned the Nobel Peace Prize for its work to lay out what climate change is doing to our planet. Their work showed greater extremities in weather events. For this part of Kansas it meant harsher rainfall, more frequent flooding along with warmer, wetter nights and all their side effects.