Several locations in the Upstate are now at their yearly average for rainfall— with four months still remaining in 2013.
The National Weather Service reports 1.99 inches of rain fell Tuesday at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, bringing the total rainfall for the year to 49.18 inches. That eclipses the airport’s annual average of 47.19 inches of rain for an entire year.
The record for a calendar year at the airport is 70.41 inches of rain set in 1964. The record for rain in a year’s span is 78.85 inches set in 1901.
“We have a chance to push the all-time record,” National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Krentz said. “Pretty much any way you cut it, it’s been a very wet year and a very wet pattern.”
The agency reported that Greenville-Spartanburg airport has seen 90 days of measurable rainfall so far this year. Only six years on record have ever had more. The most was 100 days in 2003.
The Associated Press reports that several volunteers in the Upstate have reported even more rain, with spots in Oconee, Pickens, Anderson and Greenville counties all reporting over 50 inches of rain this year. A rain gauge near the Cleveland community in Pickens County has recorded more than 64 inches of rain in 2013.