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Weekend storm brings needed rainfall to Pa.

October 10, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - In two days, much of Franklin County received more rain than it would normally receive in a month, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorological technician Tony Mach said a weather observer in Upper Strasburg, Pa., reported 5.17 inches of rain fell Friday and Saturday. Another observer in South Mountain, Pa., called in to report rainfall of 4.4 inches.

Weather service meteorologist Joe Villani said the average rainfall for the Harrisburg, Pa., area in October is 3.06 inches and that the figure for Franklin County would be comparable. October, Villani said, is typically the second-driest month of the year in the Harrisburg region, behind February.

In Waynesboro, Pa., local weather observer Todd Toth said there were 3.46 inches of rain over the two days where the average October precipitation is 3.4 inches. Toth said rainfall measured at James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa., was 2.8 inches.

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