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Article published November 5, 2012
Superstorm Sandy boosts rainfall in county
Almost three-quarters of Butler County’s October rainfall occurred early last week, but the month still wasn’t as wet as October 2011, according to the National Weather Service. Of the 4.77 inches of rain in October, 3.43 inches fell on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, coming from Superstorm Sandy. Monday was the soggiest of 17 days with precipitation at 1.72 inches of rain. In October 2011, rain fell on 12 days and added up to 4.40 inches for the month. The average October rainfall for the county is 2.29 inches. The National Weather Service issued rain, snow and wind figures for the recent storm that swept across the state. As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Hanover had gotten the most rain, with 8.15 inches. Schellsburg, in the central part of the state, was next at 7.94 inches. West Chester, near Philadelphia, got 5.96 inches. Champion, in the southwestern highlands, got 13 inches of snow, while nearby Laurel Summit got 10 inches. The highest recorded winds in Pennsylvania were in Allentown at 81 mph. Philadelphia International Airport recorded a 68 mph gust. From staff and wire reports