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Harvey

Hurricane Harvey dumped more water in one storm than any previously recorded storm in continental U.S. with 3-4 day totals over 40 inches of rain in multiple areas, and Cedar Bayou registering a record breaking 51.88 inches!  The National Weather Service had to introduce new colors to map the deluge:

Harvey rainfall

How to put all this water in perspective?  The article, A Texas Farmer on Harvey, Bad Planning and Runaway Growth, discusses how long it would take the U.S.to consume the 15 trillion estimated gallons of water that had fallen.  The answer they give leads to a  surprising rate of water usage per person per day!  Good discussion in class about why this rate is so high :O)

How else can we put 15 trillion gallons of water into perspective???

Q2 Harvey Flooding
Link to the article is:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/30/opinion/texas-farmers-floods-planning.html

  1. Joel Best says that social statistics have two purposes, one public and one hidden.  What is the hidden purpose?
  2. Joel Best talks about the social construction of social problems.
    1. In our article, A Texas Farmer on Harvey, Bad Planning and Runaway Growth, the relationship between economic growth and devastating storms is discussed. In what sense is the problem of climate change being socially “constructed”?
    2. The article states that Harvey dumped 15 trillion gallons of water on Texas, “enough to fill the needs of every man, woman, and child in this country for 42 days.” Use the 2010 census to find the 2010 population and compute the rate of water usage per person per day.
  1. The article mentions two ways that climate change made Harvey more devastating. What are these two ways?


  1. The article states that Houston and surrounding regions have grown from 4.8 million in 2000 to roughly 7 million in 2017.
    1. What is the total change in population?
    2. By what percentage has the population grown?
    3. Give one example of how this population boom makes flooding more destructive.

 

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