Thursday, July 12, 2012
Wondering about the rain.
We had a lot of rain the last few days and last night some really heavy thunder-storms came through here. It woke me up and of course scared my oldest dog half to death. The rain came down in bucket-fulls dumping a considerable amount of rain. The heavy stuff started about 04:30 and lasted for way over an hour. Therefore, when I did get back to a semi-sleep, I slept in. That is why I am a little late writing this blog this morning. Now, if I had to do some research or post pictures, it would be much later. This heavy rain made me wonder just how much extra weight the rain water added to the land. So let me grab my calculator and see what I can come up with. When I design large tanks I use the formula that says one gallon of water equals 231 cubic inches; useful for designing tanks but of no use to answering my question. OK, I think this one will work: one cubic foot of water equals 62.4245 pounds. Yep, that is the one I need, so let me see what it looks like when I plug numbers into it. For every square foot that has one inch of water on it would weigh 62.4245 divided by 12, or 5.202 pounds per square foot. I have 12 acres and there are 43,560 square feet per acre, I have approximately 522,720 square feet. So, for every inch of rain that fell, I received 2,719,189 pounds of rain and we got at least 1.5 to 2.0 inches, so at 1.5 inches that would be 4,078,784 pounds or almost 2040 tons of rain just on my place. Now, I would have never, ever have guessed that much weight has fallen in just a couple of hours, and I still hear thunder so may get more. We are already under flash flood warnings. Feel free to check my math, I just hurried through the figures, but bet I am close. You all have a great day and don’t get burdened down with tons and tons of rain, you hear?