This little tidbit of information comes from the very last sentence in an article about the heavy rain in Houston. I don’t know if the journalist was trying to downplay it or not.
Now, I don’t mean to make light of the Houston story, but I think it’s extremely important that people realize how wet it has been around the entire country. This is the sort of thing that happened during the Little Ice Age. It lead to crop failures, famine, and literally millions of deaths.
“The excessive rains in many parts of the U.S. this week come just as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released data showing the last 12 months have been the wettest in recorded history for the Lower 48 states.”
“This is probably the most hellacious rain I’ve ever heard in my life,” tweeted Matt Lanza, meteorologist for the Houston weather website SpaceCityWeather.com.
The storms left “nearly 90,000 residents without power and dozens reportedly trapped for a time in floodwater on Interstate 10,” The Washington Post’s Timothy Bella reported.
This was Houston’s second stormy night of the week. “As much as six to ten inches (15 to 28 cm) of rain fell Tuesday in the region.”
“Flooding this week has affected not only southeast Texas but also parts of the southern Plains, the South, and Great Lakes.”
Parts of Houston also reported hail the size of tennis balls, in some cases the size of grapefruit. (Imagine what that would do to your car.)