LOS ANGELES – The relentless and torrential rains of multiple tropically-infused atmospheric rivers have brought so much precipitation to California since the start of February that it can be measured in trillions of gallons.
An estimated 9.7 trillion gallons, to be exact, according to FOX Weather calculations.
Los Angeles received just over 8.5 inches of rain, with the latest storm that blew through since Sunday. Some mountainous areas receive over a foot of rain. The Bay Area wasn’t spared the heavy rains either, and feet of snow pummeled the Sierra Nevada. That's not even counting the atmospheric river that came through on Feb 1.
All told, using radar, satellite and surface observations, the entire state of California has averaged just under 3.5 inches of rain equivalent since Feb.1. Summing that amount of rainfall over California's expansive area up, you arrive at approximately 9.7 trillion gallons of water.
How much is 9.7 trillion gallons?
It would be enough to fill 14.7 million Olympic-sized swimming pools. It is almost enough to fill a pool for every Los Angeles metro area resident.
What about a larger pool? If you are watching the Super Bowl this Sunday, gawk at the size of Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium. Now imagine 3,282 of those stadiums filled to the brim with this month's atmospheric river outputs.
What about an even larger ‘pool’?
The storms brought enough precipitation to fill Utah's Great Salt Lake and still have enough left over to fill another Great Salt Lake to 90% depth.
Atmospheric rivers can carry as much water as 27 Mississippi Rivers -- these numbers help show just how much water that is.
Water-logged California has more rain is in the extended forecast for the middle of the month.