This October Already Wettest on Record and Guess What? It's Raining Again!


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Last Friday, October 23, was an exciting day for St. Louis weatherwatchers: 1.91 inches of rain landed at Lambert Airport, giving October, 2009, the final boost to become the wettest October in recorded St. Louis weather history, soundly beating 1919 by .3 inches. (It was also the wettest October 23 since 1874 when scientists started keeping track of such things.)

Maybe it's a case of the pathetic fallacy, what with the Cardinals' rapid post-season collapse and all.

As of yesterday, October 25, 8.84 inches of rain had fallen in St. Louis this month. Observant readers will note that there is nearly a week left in October. Those same readers will also note that it is raining right now.

National Weather Service meteorologist Doug Tilly is predicting rain for the rest of today, tomorrow and Thursday through Friday night. Is it possible that we can reach the glorious pinnacle of ten inches of rain before Sunday, November 1?

"It's possible," Tilly says tentatively. "As far as widespread predictions go."

Well, come on, St. Louis rain gods. Let it pour. We might as well do this right and set a record no other year can possibly beat.

For purposes of comparison, as of Saturday, October 24, Seattle got 3.67 inches of rain in October, nearly an inch and a half more than normal.

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