Record rain making it's mark on SC
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:03:48 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The city known as famously hot is becoming more well known for it's rain this summer.
The traditional hot and humid summer in South Carolina has turned into wet and cooler days all over the state.
"We are toppling a lot of records it's something I've never seen before," said Hope Mizzell.
Mizzell is the state's climatologist. She says last month was the wettest July in South Carolina since 1960 and the second wettest July on record in the palmetto state..
In the midlands it's been nearly two months of wet weather.
"Since June first we've had 40 days of rain it's not a record but very close to a record," adds Mizzell.
Over the past 14 years South Carolina has been battling a drought leaving many desperate for wet weather.
Now that it's here Things are becoming a problem.
"To much rain and to fast, cause now what were seeing is we've gone to completely saturated, our streams are running above normal, we're having flooding impacts both rivering as well as flash flooding," said Mizzell.
In June Columbia's Shandon neighborhood felt those effects.
Thanks to the wet ground giant trees easily toppled during a powerful thunderstorm.
Mizzell says the saturated ground could pose bigger problems for the state should a hurricane hit South Carolina.
"September is the height of hurricane season and any additional moisture form any tropical system would not be good news for South Carolina.
Thanks to the rain the state has seen unseasonably cooler temperatures. Mizzell says that nowhere in the state has reached 100 degrees, if that last through the end of the summer and the fall she says it will be the first time in more than 40 years the state hasn't reached the century mark.