Welp, the Drought is Over

August 27, 2017 By: El Jefe Category: Dammit!



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10 Comments to “Welp, the Drought is Over”

  1. Jane & PKM says:


    “One cubic mile of water equals 1.1 trillion gallons, 147.2 billion cubic feet, or 3.38 million acre-feet, and weighs 9.2 trillion pounds (4.6 billion tons).”

    Or, approximately something between the size of Lake Powell and Lake Tahoe dumped by Harvey.

  2. +1

  3. RepubAnon says:

    Remember when Rick Perry led that rain prayer event? I guess it worked.

  4. WashPost’s Capital Weather Gang says it’s nine trillion GALLONS of water so far, not tons. Granted that’s still a ****-load of water. And it could be another 5-10 trillion gallons by midweek.

    “The 9 trillion gallons of water dispensed so far is enough to fill the entire Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City — twice! It would take nine days straight for the Mississippi River to drain into Houston and equal the amount of water already there. If we averaged this amount of water spread equally over the lower 48 states, that’s the equivalent of about 0.17 inches of rain — roughly the height of three pennies stacked atop each other — occupying every square inch of the contiguous United States. Imagine one downpour large enough to cover the entire country!

    “This amount of water could fill 2.3 percent of the volume of the mountain range containing Mount Everest in Nepal and is enough to occupy 33,906 Empire State Buildings, from basement to penthouse.”


  5. I just saw that they were letting two reservoirs dump water tonight. Best thoughts …

  6. Can we finally beg some Dutch engineers to come help us with flood control?

  7. JAKvirginia says:

    Davebo, let’s call it water management. And most of this water will be slushing out to sea. I hope TX remembers that when the next drought comes. We can do better.

  8. Lunargent says:

    Yet another reason that I’m lucky to live in Colorado.
    The ground’s all tilty, so the water runs off.

  9. My God! I thought we were breaking records when Agnes dumped billions of gallons of water on us years ago! As for letting water into the bayous, that is going to make one awful large continuous bayou! And I don’t think the gators are going to like it let alone the humans! Both man and beast will be competing for some place to go where the sun will be shining.

  10. Sandridge says:

    Tropical Storm Harvey Update:
    Harvey’s still “well organized” eye has now moved offshore (UNlandfalled) and is moving out into the Gulf of Mexico once again, still a TROPICAL STORM after FOUR DAYS over land. This behavior is unprecedented and unique for a Texas landfalling cyclone.
    Those littoral, relatively shallow, Gulf waters are some of the warmest ocean water on the planet (and have been extremely warm all this year compared to the rising average; this is what “climate change” and “more extreme weather events” means (to rational people anyways)).

    Harvey is located about 40 miles east of Port O’Connor and 30 miles south of Matagorda in the 1000hr NHC Public Advisory (I use official NOAA charts on a marine navigation program, and a Raymarine chartplotter to pinpoint the track).
    Harvey will CONTINUE TO MOV to the southeast at about 5-7 mph all today and much of tonight.

    This means that Harvey, over warm water, with the hot sun shining on it’s topside, will likely GATHER considerable strength for the next 18 hours at minimum.
    Harvey could very well change from a tropical storm to a Cat 1 or 2 HURRICANE again.
    Harvey is expected to turn back to a northeasterly course by Wednesday morning and head for shore near Houston.
    This course will cause Harvey to make a fourth landfall, probably between Freeport to High Island! Once inland again, then Hurricane Harvey will probably PASS OVER HOUSTON!
    Even if Harvey is just a tropical storm as it hits Houston, it will do what it has been doing, only even worse!

    I’ll give y’all in and around Houston, especially to the east, some of my same advice: GET the Hell out of there.