This Week in Weather 8/26/17-9/1/17

It’s no surprise the biggest weather story of this week was and remains to be Hurricane Harvey. It made landfall on Friday, August 25 and brought unthinkable destruction to southeast Texas. Here are some of the craziest facts about the storm.

  • 1 trillion gallons of rain fell in Harris County over 4 days, which is enough to run Niagara Falls for 15 days
  • More than 6 million Texans have seen 30”+ of rain this week. To put that large of a population into perspective, that’s as if 30″+ of rain fell over every single person in the state of Maryland or Missouri (exclusively, not combined) …both of which have a population of around 6 million.
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX picked up 26.03” of rain on Tuesday, August 29. This eclipses their previous wettest calendar day on record which was 12.76″ set in May 19, 1923. Additionally, this rainfall today put them into their wettest August on record which was 17.21″ set in August 1915.
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX had more rain Tuesday, August 29 than in all of 1924.
  • As of Wednesday, August 30, NWS Houston had issued 157 tornado warnings since Harvey first began for their county warning area. This is more tornado warnings the last 5 days than the last 5 years combined.
  • The Neches River gauge in downtown Beaumont is forecast to crest at 17.7′, more than 4 FEET above the record set in 1994.
  • The Brazos River in Richmond, TX just topped their record crest of June 2, 2016 of 54.74′.  The river is now up to 54.75′
  • Harvey rainfall in perspective: Total amounts (12 trillion gallons, or 37 million acre-feet) roughly equal to: 2+ Great Salt Lakes or 9 Lake Pontchartrains or 14.5 Lake Hartwells or 18 Lake Laniers
  • From 06/01/17-08/27/17 Houston (IAH) received 46.16″ of rainfall. Annual average rainfall is 49.77″ — almost a year of rain in 3 months.
  • Harvey remained a named storm for over 100+ hours after 1st landfall.