Saturday, December 29, 2012

And We Only Have Snow (And Very Little Of That)

Gordon is always handing me this and that from the newspaper (as I don't read it myself) and says that some particular thing is interesting and maybe blog-able.  I think this little article, which I am retyping it verbatim, hit the spot. When you hum along to the song from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 'Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head', by B.J. Thomas, think of this.

Because we usually perceive rainwater in terms of drops, it's difficult to comprehend the immense volume of water that falls when it rains.  Yet, when the staggering numbers of individual raindrops are added together, the number of gallons of water that comes down in rain is immense.

One inch of rain across a single acre yields 27,143 gallons of water and over a square mile it's 17.4 million gallons.  Across the area within Chicago's city limits, the number of gallons is a staggering 3.97 billion gallons weighing 33 million pounds.

I left off the rest, thinking it was getting redundant but you get the idea.  My brain doesn't think in terms of the weight of water falling.  I found it very interesting and I hope you do too.

This came from the Chicago Tribune and was written by our local weather man, Tom Skilling.

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