Half an inch is forecast for the Midlands today, with heavier amounts in scattered thunderstorms. If it falls, it'll be the first substantial rain in 25 days. And the last rainy period in late September came after 36 days without substantial rain.
Todays precipitation celebration is muted only by the chance that some of the afternoon thunderstorms could be severe. The National Weather Service has posted a severe thunderstorm watch for the Upstate and Midlands today, with a tornado watch for the northwest corner of the state. The tornado danger could move over the central part of the state during the afternoon hours.
Since Aug. 20, the official rainfall gauge at Columbia Metropolitan Airport has registered measurable rainfall on five days, and two of those had only .01 of an inch. Officially, the Midlands and much of the state is in an incipient drought, the first of four levels.
But maybe the dry spell is ending. Theres a chance of rain for the next four days.
-- Joey Holleman