KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Massive storm systems pounded the Midwest creating historic floods in the month of May. The grand total of all the rain has smashed a 121-year-old U.S. record.
Normally, Knoxville averages just over four and half inches of rain for the month of May, but this year, we were nearly three inches below that. However, it was a total different story across the lower 48 as a whole. May 2015 was the wettest of all time dumping over 35 trillion gallons of rain.
To put that in perspective, you could cover the entire state of Texas in eight inches of water. It’s enough to fill up California’s 200 largest surface reservoirs three times to capacity. That many gallons of rain is also enough to supply the entire world’s population with 10,000 days of water if everyone drank eight 8-ounce glasses a day. Also, you could fill the entire island of Manhattan almost four times over.
Believe or not, the majority of the 35 trillion gallons of rain came from the Midwest because much of the East Coast and California recorded less than 10 percent of the total rainfall for the month of May.
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