Rain, rain isn’t going away in South Carolina

jholleman@thestate.comJuly 10, 2013 

— The seven-day forecast calls for more rain in the Midlands, and it could come at even higher rates than in the past few weeks.

The National Weather Service seven-day precipitation forecast ranges from 5 inches in the southern Midlands and the coast to 3 inches in the northern Midlands. And it could go higher if the remnants of Tropical Storm Chantal make it this far north. Chantal’s future is fuzzy, but it’s unlikely to cause any wind or coastal surge problems in South Carolina.

However, the potential for a wet system coming across the country meeting up with Chantal moisture “is a messy mix,” said Mark Malsick, severe weather liaison with the State Climate Office.

That’s just what the Midlands doesn’t need. Columbia Metropolitan Airport has received 8.99 inches of rain since June 1, the 19th wettest June 1-July 9 ever, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center. Other parts of the Midlands, hit hard by scattered showers, have been even wetter.

It has been even wetter to our north and south. Greenville-Spartanburg has had an all-time record 19.53 inches since June 1. Charleston is at 15.24 inches since June 1, the sixth wettest such period on record.

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