My brother made the comment, "Yea, we got a ton of rain last night." And I fell to wondering, and then googling. According to North Dakota State University, Dickingson Research Extension Center, 1" of rain over a square foot of ground weighs 5.2#. So my little piece of land that I call home actually received 58.5 tons of rain.
1" / square foot = 5.20#
my property is 90' x 100' = 9000 sq ft x 5.2# = 46,800# x 2.5" = 117,000#
117,000# / 2000 # = 58.5 tons
We're so lucky it falls one drop at a time instead of in one big lump of rain.