By Ken Stern 

Rain again returned in October


November 8, 2023

As in 2022, precipitation returned in October. The 2.4 inches was the most monthly rainfall since February. Over two inches fell in the Oct. 9-25 period. Another 1.2 inches came down Nov. 1-4. Still, the year’s rain deficit is nine inches. October rainfall was 1.1 inches, 31.3%, below the century average of 3.5 inches.

October is typically wet: 10 years this century have had over four inches of rain, six have had five-plus inches and 6.1 inches fell in 2014.

More than three inches of rain has fallen 14 years since 2000. Eight of those years have been since 2014. In 2019 and 2021 over 4.2...

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