Stephenville’s rainfall in September, 9.15 inches, was the best monthly total since 11.50 inches were recorded here in June, 2007.

September’s rains fell on 10 dates, including a trace on September 15. The largest daily amount came on September 12, when 3.30 inches were noted. Average rainfall in September for Stephenville is 3.60 inches.

Total rainfall, through the first nine months of 2009, is 32.44 inches, which is 6.44 inches above the nine-month average of 26 inches.

Through the first nine months in 2008, total rainfall in Stephenville was only 23.35 inches.

Average rainfall for the entire year in Stephenville is 33 inches.

The following indicates the dates rain fell here last month:

September 4 - .10

September 11 - 1.51

September 12 - 3.30

September 13 - 1.63

September 14 - .33

September 15 - trace

September 17 - .12

September 18 - .02

September 21 - 2.13

September 22 - .01

Total — 9.15 inches

October’s moisture count got a jump start with .07 of an inch falling on Thursday, Oct. 1. Stephenville’s average rainfall in Oct. is 3.30 inches.

Dr. Stuart Chilton, a resident of Stephenville, is a Weather Team Volunteer for Channel 8, Dallas.