It’s hard to fathom the amount of rainfall that’s fallen in Houston and its surrounding areas over the past few days. Some weather stations in the region have recorded 30 to 40 inches (more than 3 feet!), and more rain is on the way. That amount of rain means Houston’s highways now look more like rivers and 30,000 people need temporary shelter.
Here’s another way to think about the scale of rain dumped by the remnants of Hurricane Harvey. According to meteorologist Ryan Maue at WeatherBell, as of Monday afternoon, around 14 trillion to 15 trillion gallons of water had fallen on Houston and its surrounding areas.