Har­vey’s Texas rain­fall breaks U.S. record

Austin American-Statesman - - HURRICANE HARVEY - From wire ser­vices

The rain from Har­vey is in a class of its own. The storm has un­loaded more than 50 inches of rain east of Houston, the great­est amount ever recorded in the 48 con­tigu­ous states from a sin­gle storm. And it’s still rain­ing.

John Nielsen-Gam­mon, Texas state cli­ma­tol­o­gist, said a rain gauge in Mont Belvieu, about 40 miles east of Houston, had reg­is­tered 51.1 inches of rain by Tues­day af­ter­noon. This to­tal ex­ceeds the pre­vi­ous record of 48 inches set dur­ing trop­i­cal cy­clone Amelia in Me­d­ina, on the Texas-Mex­ico bor­der, in 1978.

All rain­falls to­tals from this storm are still pre­lim­i­nary and re­quire re­view. But, if ver­i­fied, this amount breaks not only the Texas state rain­fall record but also the record for the re­main­ing 48 con­tigu­ous states.

Hawaii has logged iso­lated re­ports of greater amounts at high el­e­va­tions from trop­i­cal sys­tems, but the foot­print from Har­vey is much larger. It has pro­duced at least three feet of rain over most of the Houston re­gion.

The Space Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing Cen­ter at the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin at Madi­son de­ter­mined that many ar­eas of South­east Texas have re­ceived rain that is ex­pected to come around only once ev­ery 1,000 years.

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