LONG BEACH — October storms may have been wimpy wind-wise, but a series of storms sweeping across the Pacific Ocean delivered an exceptional amount of rain to south Pacific County.

With 16.9 inches, it was the wettest October since record keeping began here in 1878, Kim Patten, WSU Long Beach Research and Extension Unit extension professor, said Tuesday. The previous October record was 16.2 inches in 1975.

We still have a ways to go to break the record for any single month — 21.9 inches set in December 1933.

The 642weather gauge in Long Beach recorded 17.88 inches of rain this October.

Conditions were even wetter in Naselle, where the rising Willapa Hills wring additional moisture out of Pacific storms. The total there — also an all-time record for the month — was 27.25 inches at the Naselle Hatchery. Naselle’s annual total stood at nearly 95 inches on Oct. 31 — nearly 8 feet.

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