Hurricane Harvey brought extreme rainfall in the area of Houston, Texas, with more than 50 inches of rain in epicenters. It is another of the unique stories of the unprecedented concentration of energy flow in the atmosphere. At such extremes, one loses faith in the ability to protect one’s own life.
Let's take a closer look at the character and the extent of Hurricane Harvey. A rain cloud with the volume of about 12 million acre-foot poured down on the area of 20.000 square miles in 24 hours. More than 50 inches of rain fell in the core of the hurricane and "only" 5 inches on the edges. Hurricane Harvey hit only 0.5% of the US territory. If the aforementioned volume of water fell all across the United States, the rainfall would reach 0.006 inches. Ridiculous, right? No one would even notice that it had rained. Of course, this is just on a theoretical level but worth thinking about.
States northwest of the affected area are extremely dry and need water. The area of these states (Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas) is 0.65 million square miles. If the volume of water that fell in the Houston region would be spread on the aforementioned territory, the rainfall would reach 0.03 inches on average. But the heretical question is whether we can put this theoretical idea into practice to make it rain more evenly. In other words, where it now rains more than it is desirable would then rain less and vice versa.
It is possible! Based on the principles of the New Water Paradigm. This can be achieved if we can cool down the dry and over-heated landscapes. And we need water to do that. But where do we get water from when the land is dry? It is true that throughout the year it is mostly dry in the aforementioned areas, but at least once a year it rains so much that a lot of rainwater flows away through the streams and rivers making its way into the sea.
If we created a system that retains this rainwater in the damaged land, it would start a water recovery process in the small water cycles. Not only heat production in to the atmosphere would be reduced, but rain would gradually come back due to the condensation of water vapor. There is also another obvious benefit. The incoming cyclones from the Caribbean to the Gulf of Mexico would have a greater chance of getting inland and moving rain further inland into larger territories, even into parts where it does not rain now and with it reducing the severity of such storms.
This can be achieved if we prevent overheating of the dry land. The New Water Paradigm states that every lost, i.e. drained cubic metre of rainwater increases the production of sensible heat to the atmosphere by 700 KWh. The less water vapor from the damaged and dry land there is, the more heat is produced into the atmosphere. One hectare of dry soil produces about 70 MWh of sensible heat per day into the atmosphere. If this hectare was naturally irrigated, the production of sensible heat would barely reach 10 MWh.
We estimate that the mentioned dry territory northwest of the hurricane (from Texas, through New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma to Kansas), with the area of 0.64 mil. square miles produces more than 10,000 TWh of sensible heat per day into the atmosphere. It follows that movements of hurricanes when making landfall change the direction from the northwest to the northeast. Consequently, the entire dry and overheated parts of the US block the movement of cold moist masses into the inland.
When we look at the map of hurricane motion lines, hurricane seeds are born at the moist and wet air interface of the African continent. They travel through the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and once in contact with the mainland on the American continent, they dramatically change the direction to the northeast. This is caused by the production of massive sensible heat into the atmosphere from the dry territories of Mexico and especially the Midwest of the US, which are getting drier and more overheated from year to year.