Rain takes a break in September in Columbia

jholleman@thestate.comSeptember 30, 2013 

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— The spigot in the skies over Columbia really turned off in late August.

After flirting with records for the wettest summer ever, Columbia will end September with 2.04 inches, the 33rd driest September in 127 years of record-keeping by the National Weather Service.

More indicative of the sudden change — rain fell at Columbia Metropolitan Airport on 42 of 82 days from June 1-Aug. 21 but has fallen only four days in the past 40.

A drying out in September isn’t unusual in years when weather patterns keep tropical systems away from the Southeast. Columbia recorded no rain in September 2005 and has had less than an inch 12 times in the past 127 years, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

Much of the rest of the state experienced a dry September — 2.5 inches in Greenville-Spartanburg, 1.36 in North Myrtle Beach, .91 in Florence, 1.14 just over the border in Augusta. But a couple of storm clouds popped off the ocean and dumped rain on the Lowcountry, where Charleston registered 5.01 inches.

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