Measuring Rainfall (acres/inches)
Date: 10 Jun 1995 09:59:20 -0400 From: Gary Campbell Subject: Rainfall Here's a question for you! How many gallons of water are there when 1" of rain falls on 1 acre. I calculated it to be ...my answer looks wrong! thanks for your help. Gary Campbell
Date: 12 Jun 1995 11:49:33 -0400 From: Dr. Ethan Subject: Rainfall Hey Gary, Here is how we did it. We found in a dictionary that an acre is 43,560 square feet. To put this into square inches we multiplied by 144 to get 6,272,640, because that is how many square inches are in a square foot. Since it was just one inch of rainfall, that is also how many cubic inches of water fell. Now we again look in the dictionary to find that there are 231 cubic inches in a gallon, so we divide by 231 to get the number of gallons, which is 27154.29 That is a lot of water. Hope this makes sense to you. Ethan - Doctor On Call
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