Summer 2013 was the sixth wettest for Columbia

September 3, 2013 

Frank Sinatra, owned by Christel Fernandez takes a walk through a puddle filled West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater as the rain falls.

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com Buy Photo

After a relatively dry final week, Columbia finished the summer of 2013 as the sixth wettest ever in the 127 years of record keeping.

The rain gauge at Columbia Metropolitan Airport collected 24.89 inches in June, July and August. The wettest summer ever for Columbia was in 1971 (29.27 inches).

Elsewhere in the state, Greenville-Spartanburg had its second wettest summer – 31.19 inches compared to 33.33 in 1908. Charleston had its 24th wettest.

Several National Weather Service sites with more than 50 years of history in the state had their wettest summer on record, including Walhalla, Anderson, Pickens, Clarks Hill, Trenton and Florence.

In Columbia, the unusual summer also featured the third coldest daily average maximum temperature (88) and the fourth warmest daily average minimum temperature (71.3). In other words, there wasn’t much range between highs and lows during three months of mostly cloudy days.

Joey Holleman

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