If it seems like this summer has been rainier than normal, you aren’t imagining things.
Precipitation trends in Charleston and Savannah have both been above normal so far this summer, according to meteorologists.
In Charleston, June saw 6.47 inches, as compared to the average of 5.65 inches, while July saw 8.64 inches, as compared to an average of 6.53 inches. In Savannah, June saw rainfall totals that were a little more than a half inch above average, while, in July, nearly three quarters of an inch more rain fell. August has so far seen a little more than an inch more rain than average in Charleston and nearly three quarters of an inch less rain in Savannah.
Charleston and Savannah are the only two cities in the Lowcountry where the National Weather Service collects data for official reports.
“We’re above normal, but as far as it ranking in our top months of all time, it is nowhere even close,” said Doug Berry, meteorologist with the NWS in Charleston. “It seems to have been a wetter and slightly cooler summer, mainly because the high pressure ridge that we usually see over the area has not been quite as strong this season.”
While we have seen more rain than normal in the Lowcountry so far this summer, Berry said it isn’t unusual for rain totals to fluctuate within a range of a couple inches of the average at any given time. This year has consistently deviated slightly from that average and consistently fallen on the wetter side of it.
In Charleston, 33.05 inches of rain has fallen so far this year, which is nearly three inches more than the average of 30.22 inches, while Savannah has seen 37.65 inches, just over eight inches more than the average of 29.53 inches.
That said, things could certainly be worse. The wettest June on record for Charleston was 27.24 inches, set in 1973, and 18.79 inches in Savannah, which was set in 1876. The wettest July in both Charleston and Savannah was in 1964, with 18.46 inches and 20.10 inches respectively.