Estimated 5-day total rainfall from Hurricane Harvey. In most tropical events, the light blue on this color scheme (12-16 inches) would be highly significant. And for many of subregions on this map, the bulk of rainfall fell in just 3 days. Again that would be significant alone. Here a wide swath of land was doused in in up 1 1/3 ft of rain from San Marcos, TX south to the coast and east of Lake Charles, LA. Within that rainfall totals turn into something nightmares are made of. Again much fell in subregions within 3 days. Beaumont, TX received nearly 2 feet of rain in 24 hrs yesterday where catastrophic flooding is in progress.
–Meteorologist Nick Humphrey