It’s been a cool, wet summer in Columbia

jholleman@thestate.comJuly 31, 2013 

Vendor Bob Cline pulls out an umbrella as the rain begins to fall at the Capital City Beach Party at Finlay Park.

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Statistics from the Southeast Regional Climate Center through the first 60 days of summer (June 1-July 30) tell the story of one of the wettest and coolest starts to summer in South Carolina history.

Columbia

Not the wettest: Ranks No. 7 in 127 years with 17.38 inches.

Most drenchings: No. 1 in days with more than 0.5 inches of rain (14) and days with more than 0.1 inches of rain (27).

Highs not so high: Only 25 days 90 or hotter (ranking 7th coolest) and only two days 95 or hotter (8th coolest).

Long ago memories: Fewest 90 degree days ever through July 30 – 18 in 1979; fewest 95 degree days – zero in 1910.

Rest of state

Record-setters: Greenville-Spartanburg (23.83 inches) and Florence (22.10) are having their wettest summers on record.

Even drenchier: Greenville-Spartanburg and Charleston have had five days with more than 1.5 inches of rain. (Columbia’s had only one.)

Even cooler: Greenville-Spartanburg has had only nine days in the 90s and none of 95 or above.

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