Hurricane Florence (Live Thread)

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Sam Wilkinson

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  1. Avatar Em Carpenter says:

    Florence’s 18 trillion gallons is as much water as there is in the entire Chesapeake Bay. It’s also enough to cover the entire state of Texas with nearly four inches (10 centimeters) of water.

    That much rain is 2.4 trillion cubic feet (68 billion cubic meters). It’s enough to cover Manhattan with nearly 3,800 feet (1.1 kilometers) of water, more than twice as high as the island’s tallest building, One World Trade Center.

    Mind boggling.Report

    • Living in a water-deprived region, I always have to convert to familiar things. 18 trillion gallons is 55.2 million acre-feet. That’s just a bit over three times the Colorado River’s (flawed theoretic) 16.5 million annual acre-feet that are allocated to various states and Mexico. A fairly small fraction of Florence’s rain would stave off the impending water emergency in the lower basin states for years.Report

    • Avatar Morat20 in reply to Em Carpenter says:

      Mind boggling.

      18 trillion is a lot. By comparison, Harvey dumped 27 trillion, and Katrina only dumped about 7 trillion.

      It’s gonna get more and more common, though. If you live anywhere a hurricane might even consider coming, voting for floor control infrastructure bonds is in your best interest.

      As is paying a little bit more for a better roof.Report

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