Coastal residents are so used to the constant drizzle throughout most of the year in our region that we may feel impervious to rain - but it also serves to heighten our appreciation of the fleeting days when the sun defies the cloud cover and beckons us outdoors.

The sudden heat wave that descended upon North Coast residents this week prompted a look back at extremes in weather conditions for the area.

Record high temperature recorded at Astoria Regional Airport:

100 degrees F, July 11, 1961

Record low temperature: 6 degrees F, Dec. 21, 1990

Worst tornado recorded: Oct. 3, 1967 (location unknown), causing

$25,000 property damage

Last tornado sighted: Jan. 5, 1998 in Seaside

Highest winds: March 2-3, 1999, 104 knots,

causing $13,000 property damage

Most deadly weather event: Flood of February 1996,

causing seven fatalities

Most damaging weather event: Flood of February 1996,

causing $400 million in property damage

Total weather-caused property damage since 1957 for events recorded in Clatsop County area: $424 million

Sources: National Climatic Data Center, The Weather Channel

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