Summer 2013 ends up with interesting stats

The summer months were slightly cooler when compared to â??normalâ?? for the Midlands of South Carolina.

The average high temperature was 88.0°F (-3.1°), or the 3rd coldest on record (period of record since 1948 at Columbia Metro). The average low temperature was 71.3°F (+1.0°), or tied for the 4th warmest on record. The average temperature (between the lows and highs) was 79.7°F (-1.1°).

We only saw 38 days at 90° or above compared to 54 in the summer of 2012.

As you can imagine our rainfall this summer kept the grass green and the rivers and lakes happy. This summer we saw 24.89â?³ of rain (+9.48â?³) which is the 5th wettest on record at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. We normally see 15.41â?³ of rain throughout the entire summer.

The highest daily rainfall was August 16th (4.38â?³), which happened to be the day with our lowest high temperature of the summer at 70°F.

It should be noted that, so far, since January 1st at CAE, we have seen 51.8â?³ (+7.31â?³). Our average yearly rainfall at CAE is 47.22â?³.

Notable Stats for Summer 2013 at CAE:

-Highest maximum temperature: 96°F (June 12, 13â?¦August 11, 12, 13, 29)

-Lowest maximum temperature: 70°F (August 16th)

-July 2013 average high temp. of 88.4°F was coolest since 1975

-August 2013 average high temp. of 87.6°F was the 5th coolest on record

-No 100°F days reported in the entire state of South Carolina

-Highest maximum temperature in state of South Carolina: 99°F in Bennettsville and Hartsville

-Last year when no S.C. reporting site reached 100°F May through July: 2003 (now 2013)

-Last year when no S.C. reporting site reached 100°F May through October: 1973 (still waiting on this one)

-Early June saw Tropical Storm Andrea pass through southern South Carolina

Our average high temperature at Columbia Metro drops to 85.2°F for the month of September.

We will continue to be thankful we havenâ??t seen that 113°F record setting day like last year on June 29th in Columbia.

You can always find the latest SkyWACH forecast right here.