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February brought record rains to Sacramento. See how the month stacks up

See 360 view of rain falling on the Yolo Causeway in a wet commute

See traffic move on the Interstate 80 Yolo Causeway during a rainy morning on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.
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See traffic move on the Interstate 80 Yolo Causeway during a rainy morning on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.

The National Weather Service reported historic rain in downtown Sacramento on Wednesday where more than 2 1/2 inches of rain fell, outstripping a previous daily record set in 1940.

The deluge also helped push February 2019 up to the sixth-wettest in history. With 11 days of rainfall in February, close to 9 inches of rain has fallen downtown, which has one of the oldest recording stations in the city, according to data from the NOAA Regional Climate Centers. A normal February sees just over 3 inches of rain.

Forecasters said if it wasn’t for two leap years, 2019 would have been the fourth-wettest on record.

The rain season totals are also impressive.

More than 16 inches of rain has fallen at Sacramento Executive Airport since Oct. 1. That’s more than twice the amount that had fallen at this time last year and is about 3.3 inches more than the average year.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort hit 300 inches of snowfall for February, smashing monthly records at the Lake Tahoe area ski resort. Boreal, Sugar Bowl and Heavenly are seeing high accumulation, too.

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Mike Finch joined The Bee in July 2018 as a data reporter after working at newspapers in Alabama and Florida. A Miami native, he has been a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors since 2012 and studied political science at Florida International University.

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