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On The Weather Channel Friday, Sam Champion used 3-D graphics to demonstrate the staggering amount of rainfall that flooded South Carolina this week. “So much rain fell, it’s really difficult to comprehend what that much water looks like,” Champion began.
Beginning with some basic math, Champion used a statewide average of ten inches of rain, and calculated a total rainfall for South Carolina of 5,560,000,000,000 gallons. To demonstrate the massive amount of water that number represents, Champion put the rainfall into acre-sized cubes and piled them next to landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower: