Wet weekend pushes parts of region past monthly records

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The National Weather Service says a weekend storm has made for the wettest September on record in Olympia and the second-wettest in Seattle.

By 3 a.m. Monday the rainfall total at Olympia was 7.98 inches, breaking the old record of 7.59 set in September of 1978. The normal for the month is 1.71 in Olympia.

At Sea-Tac Airport, the monthly total by 3 a.m. Monday was 5.60 inches, second to 5.95 inches in September 1978. Normal for the month is 1.50 inches.

The totals are more like the totals for December and January.

It has also been the wettest September on record in many parts of Oregon.

The NWS reports the 6.21 inches recorded through Sunday in downtown Portland was the most since record-keeping began in 1872. The previous record was 5.52 inches in September 1927. At Portland International Airport, where records have been kept since 1940, the total was 5.06 inches, beating the old record of 4.30 inches set in September 1986.

September records also were set in Eugene, 6.16 inches; Salem, 6.63 inches; Astoria, 10.51 inches; Hillsboro, 6.10 inches; and McMinnville, 7.58 inches.

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