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It was Sacramento’s 4th wettest October on record

Rainy October by the numbers
Rainy October by the numbers National Weather Service

A rainy month came to an end with a final storm on Halloween that added to already sizable early season precipitation totals, giving Sacramento its fourth wettest October on record.

Rainfall started falling around 7 p.m. Monday in Sacramento, giving youngsters plenty of time to fill their bags. The late start to the rain kept Sacramento’s October from becoming the third wettest as most of the night’s rainfall fell after midnight.

Here’s how the month finished in relation to other rainy Octobers:

1962: 6.85

1889: 6.02

1899: 4.46

2016: 4.41

1876: 3.45

For the rainfall year, Sacramento now has about 420 percent of normal. While one month does not a wet year make, it is a good start to the rainfall year. The National Weather Service provided several ways to look at the early season rainfall:

  • Sacramento had more rain last month than Houston, Tampa and Washington, D.C., combined.
  • The rain in October was equal to 22 percent of the city’s annual average of 20.27 inches.
  • It rained on 11 days in October 2016, which ties the all-time number of rainy days for the month. The record was originally set in 1889.

November started with isolated showers that continued from the Halloween storm, but mostly sunny conditions are expected through the weekend.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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