On the news this morning I heard that nearly 1.5 inches (4 cm) of rain fell in 30 minutes Friday night in an area devastated by a wildfire last year, about 6.5 miles (10 km) west of Colorado Springs and remembered back in July when in Roanoke, Virginia they received one of the heaviest rainfalls ever seen on Doppler radar, with areas just north of the City of Roanoke receiving over 4 inches of rain in just one hour’s time. Hearing this made me think of measurements of water and a post (article) I did a while back called “The Back of a Composition Notebook –

When you think about it 1.5 inches covering an area of one sq. mile is 26.05 million of gallons of water or in Virginia 4 inches covering the same area is 69.05 million gallons and when we think of weight at 8.34 lbs per gallon so 1.5 inches equals 217.2 million lbs of water that fell in on one square mile in Colorado or 575.8 million gallons one square mile in Virginia

It is horrible for those people and other living things that live in that area, but so amazing that that much water can be suspended in the clouds overhead

Spring Floods in New Hampshire 2009

10 thoughts on “Rain

  1. In Tennessee, last year we were begging for rain and this year its too much, my folks veggie and flower gardens are really confused. Myself, I’m loving the cool summer this year but its really wierd..:-)

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