Most rain in three days since ’86

Stockton did not soak up 4 inches of rain over 5 days, as the National Weather Service said it might.

But if you toss out the first storm last week — kind of a dud, for our area — and look at rainfall totals over just three days (Friday through Sunday), the numbers are still impressive.

Stockton got 2.83 inches those three days, smashing daily records in the process on Friday and Sunday.

That’s the most rain in a three-day period since Feb. 16-18, 1986, when Stockton got 3.25 inches.

Other interesting facts:

• Friday’s and Sunday’s daily totals (1.39 and 1.23 inches, respectively) were both wetter than any day since Oct. 13, 2009 (1.46 inches, when we faced the remnants of Typhoon Melor).

• The city started the weekend 1.32 inches below normal for the season and ended 1.33 inches above normal. Talk about a flip-flop.

• More rain fell in three days than in any entire month since March 2011.

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