How the mighty has fallen

How mighty is the Mississippi?

Not only is it the Gulf’s
second biggest flow maker …

It’s a distant second one at that.


Even more humiliating still?

It loses out to a lowly “stream.”

Although it’s not too shabby
when you consider it’s the Gulf Stream!

The Gulf Stream flows at the mind dizzying rate of 30,000,000,000 gallons per second. That’s 4,000,000,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) …


Or in lay terms, enough to fill up your bathtub really fast.

Florida’s big bathtub is of course Lake Okeechobee.

That raises the question:

How long would it take the Gulf Stream to fill Lake O up?

(“Let’s see: that’s 5.5 million acre feet of water, divided by 43,560 square feet per acre … carry the one … plus some other clicks of the calculator”)

Answer: About 1 minute.


By day’s end, that gives you 1,440 Lake Okeechobees.

It’s a spigot that never turns off.

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