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How can storms like Harvey generate such unbelievable amounts of rain?

If you’ve watched the news at all this morning you know about the almost incomprehensible tragedy that is unfolding in Texas today.  The remains of Harvey have brought 2 feet (yes FEET) of rain to the Houston area in the last day, and since Harvey is forecast to remain and spin over Texas for at least the next few days, they may get 2-4 additional FEET of rain before the system finally goes away.  This is America’s 4th largest city and large portions of it will not be livable for months. The FEMA director has said that they expect to be working in the city for years. The Capital Weather Gang posted a story earlier this week explaining how Harvey could produce so much rain. You can read it here.

Source: Kevin Selle via Twitter