When in (finally) rains, it (really) pours.
After a long dry spell — including 30 consecutive days without measurable rainfall in Columbia — the state got drenched as the first cold front of fall arrived Monday.
Columbia Metropolitan Airport got 1.23 inches of rain from the system through 4 p.m. Monday. That’s a pittance compared with other areas of the state.
Radar precipitation estimates indicated portions of Horry and Georgetown counties got more than 10 inches of rain Sunday and Monday.
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Personal weather stations set up with help from the National Weather Service registered more than 4 inches of rain Sunday in southern Horry County, northern Georgetown County, western Berkeley County and in the Charleston County town of Meggett.
Three-inch rainfalls were reported Sunday in Dorchester, Colleton, Anderson and Marlboro counties, and more than 2 inches fell in Orangeburg, Bamberg, York, Union, Clarendon, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Spartanburg and Williamsburg counties.
More fell in most areas Monday, including several inches along the coast.
The wet weather is quite a contrast from the past month. Most of the state had been parched; the Midlands had been bone dry. Columbia Metropolitan Airport didn’t get any measurable rain for 30 days, ending Saturday. That ties for the 10th-longest dry stretch since records began being kept by the weather service in Columbia in 1887.
The National Weather Service forecast called for the recent dose of rain to end early today, with a slight chance of another round of light rain Wednesday and Thursday.