South Carolina received a Christmas present of rain, and the most fell right where it was most sorely needed.
The fronts that blew through the state brought multiple slugs of rainfall Dec. 24-26.
The highest totals were in the 12 counties considered in severe drought status — Abbeville, Aiken, Anderson, Barnwell, Edgefield, Greenwood, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens and Saluda counties.
National Weather Service co-op stations in that region reported 2.98 inches in Fountain Inn, 2.95 inches in Greenville, 2.73 at Lake Hartwell and 2.25 inches at Lake Russell. Two Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow stations in Pickens County measured 2.98 and 3.37 inches during the three-day period.
The rest of the state is in less serious stages of drought but still in need of rain. Much of the coast and Midlands got between one and two inches of rain. Charleston’s official gauge got 1.41 and Columbia’s got 1.28.