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2009 proves rainy for S.C.

Some numbers on a drought-busting year

Columbia 2009 rainfall: 54.70 inches and counting

Number of years Columbia has topped 50 inches since 1995: 2 (The other was 56.45 in 2004.)

Regions of state under drought declaration: None

Columbia's December 2009 rainfall: 9.06, shattering the record of 8.54 in 1981

Charleston's December 2009 rainfall: 9.87, second wettest December behind 11.08 in 1941 (and coming on the heels of the driest December in city history, just .35 inch in 2008)

Greenville-Spartanburg's December 2009 rainfall: 8.51

Christmas Day rainfall: 3.06 inches in Columbia, nearly twice the previous record

Christmas Day rise in Lake Murray: To 356.25 feet from 355.31 feet, or nearly one foot in 24 hours

One more 2009 blast: Chance of rain for Wednesday and Thursday

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