The year 2002 ended with a splash - literally. The rainy season started late this year. After relative dryness in October and November, December blew in with a vengeance.

Most of winter's storms seemed to be packed into one month, which made up for the lack of rainfall for the entire year.

The 30-year average precipitation for the month of December in Brookings, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Medford, is 11.99 inches. December, 2002 totalled 25.21 inches.

Storms, stacked one right behind the other, saturated the ground causing trees to uproot and topple onto homes and automobiles. The weather service issued a flood watch for the Chetco River.

Most citizens in Curry County responded to the deluge in the normal manner. In the Pacific Northwest, people are used to it. They simply pulled on their rain gear and went about their business.