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Damp and dreary October wasn’t the wettest in Bellingham

In Bellingham, 6.94 inches of rain fell in October as measured at Bellingham International Airport, a little more than an inch behind the record of 8.29 inches set in 2003.
In Bellingham, 6.94 inches of rain fell in October as measured at Bellingham International Airport, a little more than an inch behind the record of 8.29 inches set in 2003. The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham ended October as the fourth-wettest on record, according to figures from the Western Regional Climate Center in Nevada, which collects historical data.

October was a record-breaking month for rain in parts of Oregon and Washington, including Seattle, which saw 10.05 inches fall at Sea-Tac, drowning the October 2003 record of 8.96 inches.

In Bellingham, 6.94 inches of rain fell in October as measured at Bellingham International Airport, a little more than an inch behind the record of 8.29 inches set in 2003. Other wet Octobers included 1967, with 7.93 inches; and 1958, with 7.25 inches. Records date to 1949.

A trio of tropical tempests dumped the bulk of the rain, including one seriously soggy storm over Oct. 14-15, which also brought damaging winds.

“It was just the way the jet stream was headed,” said Michelle Breckner, a climatologist at the Reno center. “It just came right at you guys.”

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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