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It only seems like it has rained all summer

jholleman@thestate.comJuly 5, 2013 

Which would you prefer? This summer's rain or last summer's heat? Take our survey at bottom of the story

Yes, it’s raining. Again. Hard.

The National Weather Service on Friday advised motorists and pedestrians that streams and creeks in the Midlands could bring “nuisance flooding” along the sides of roadways and the lower-lying portion of the Congaree River near downtown Columbia, Cayce and West Columbia.

Some fun weather stats to consider as you look out the window and dream of sunshine:

It only seems like it has rained every day this summer. It has rained just 25 of the 35 days since the start of June at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. But that’s one snapshot. Using the broader information supplied by about 120 volunteer observers in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, it has rained 30 days in Lexington County and 28 in Richland County since June 1.

• In an even broader sense, it has rained every day since June 1 somewhere in South Carolina, according to the State Climate Office. One day in June, only one COCORAHS observer near McClellanville registered rain. Just to be sure that it happened, the climate office checked archived radar images from that day, and sure enough a cloudburst popped up on the coast.

• It’s not raining record-setting amounts in Columbia. With 7.51 inches since June 1, the summer of 2013 ranks 21st wettest among the 126 years with weather data in Columbia, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

• It is raining record-setting amounts elsewhere. The 15.28 inches at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport since June 1 ranks as the wettest such period on record. Augusta (13.26 inches) and Charleston (15.1 inches) rank third and fourth in their city record books for the same period.

• The Congaree River, which has hovered near flood levels multiple times since early May, is there again. At the minor flood level projected, portions of the Cayce and West Columbia riverwalks and some trails at Congaree National Park will flood. Those trails were designed for occasional flooding.

• How many of you whining now about the rain were whining about the heat last summer? Remember when it hit an all-time high of 113 at USC on June 28 last year? Well, this year has been near-record cool, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center. The daily high in Columbia hit 90 or above only 11 times from Jan. 1-July 4 this year. Only four years have had fewer 90-degree days through July 4 – 1979 with six, 2005 with nine and 1910 and 1923 with 10 each.

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