Rain seldom has taken a break this summer in Columbia

jholleman@thestate.comJuly 16, 2013 

  • Relentless rain Days with at least a trace of rainfall since June 1.

    Columbia Metropolitan Airport: 36

    Augusta: 34

    Greenville-Spartanburg: 34

    Florence: 33

    Hamilton-Owens Airport: 33

    Charleston: 32

    Orangeburg: 31

    North Myrtle Beach: 30

Only a one-day gap has prevented downtown Columbia from setting a record for consecutive days with rain.

Hamilton-Owens Airport downtown had a streak of seven consecutive days with rain broken on July 7, then began an eight-day streak. The record for Hamilton-Owens, where records date to 1998, is nine straight days.

The record for Columbia, whose official weather station has moved several times since 1888, is 13 days, set in 1924. The longest stretch this summer at the current official Columbia site at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Lexington County has been seven days. (The “trace” measurements recorded on July 7 and July 10 don’t count for consecutive days of rainfall records.)

The record at the University of South Carolina weather station downtown, with records dating to 1954, is 15 straight days set in 1963. A 13-day string of rainfall at USC ended Saturday, ranking as the second longest all-time.

All of those records from the Southeast Regional Climate Center drive home one thing: It sure has been raining a lot lately. That could change this week, with rain chances of less than 30 percent through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Relentless rain

Days with at least a trace of rainfall since June 1.

Columbia Metropolitan Airport: 36

Augusta: 34

Greenville-Spartanburg: 34

Florence: 33

Hamilton-Owens Airport: 33

Charleston: 32

Orangeburg: 31

North Myrtle Beach: 30

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