Harbor records historically rainy January

As of midnight on Jan. 31, Grays Harbor has had one of the rainiest Januaries ever, with measurable rain being recorded at Hoquiam’s Bowerman Airport every day in January for the first time since 1964. The last day without rain in Hoquaim was way back on Dec. 22.

The National Weather Service recorded 19.91 inches of rain at the airport last month, about three and a half inches short of the record 23.46 inches set in January 2006. The average for the month of January in Hoquiam is 10.33 inches. Last January was below average with only 7.22 inches recorded.

Aberdeen’s Wastewater Treatment Plant recorded even more rain last month, 27.16 inches total for the month, compared to the record of 30.46 inches set in 1953 and an average of 13.58 inches. It rained 31 days in a row in Aberdeen in January for the first time ever since rainfall records have been kept at the plant starting in 1993, according to the Weather Service.

Last month tied January 2006 for the most days of measurable rainfall in Seattle at 28, the Weather Service said. Like Aberdeen and Hoquiam, Forks had 31 straight days of rain in January, 34.56 inches total, including 4.19 inches on Jan. 23 and 3.10 inches on Jan. 31.

The heavy rains caused minor flooding on local rivers and road closures due to water over the road and landslides in some places, including multiple slides on State Route 109 and US 101. A landslide on Basich Boulevard in Aberdeen closed the road until at least spring when repairs can be made.

The heaviest rains of the month occurred on Jan. 6 with 2.57 inches recorded at Bowerman, on Jan. 22 with 2.56 inches, Jan. 27 with 1.43 inches and Jan. 29 with 1.16 inches. The days with the least precipitation were Jan. 9 and Jan. 19 with 0.01 inches recorded on both days, according to the Weather Service.