Harvey Moves Back Over Water; Historic Rainfall Will Continue ~Dr. Jeff Masters, Weather Underground
~When we first saw the model predictions last week of widespread rain
amounts for Houston of 15 – 25 inches, with some amounts as high as 40
inches, we issued the required “Catastrophic rains coming” forecast, but
our view of the forecast was tinged with a sense of unreality. Could
the models be wrong? What would that kind of rainfall would do to
Houston? Surely the heavy rains wouldn’t center directly over the
nation’s fourth-largest city, would they? But they did. Here we are, in
the midst of a mega-disaster on the scale only surpassed by Hurricane
Sandy and Hurricane Katrina in recent decades, from a hurricane hazard
we’ve never seen on such a large and destructive scale—torrential rain.
The damages from Harvey will undoubtedly run into the tens of billions
of dollars, making Harvey’s rains the most destructive ever experienced
from a hurricane. Read more.