For a state that’s been slipping into drought conditions and dealing with severe wildfire concerns, this rainy weather is a blessing.
Since Saturday morning, rain has swept across the state, with totals ranging from 2.57 inches at Greenville-Spartanburg to 1.6 in Columbia, to .93 at North Myrtle Beach to .32 at Charleston.
And more is coming. The National Weather Service forecasts rain for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Meteorologists are confident enough to put a 70 to 80 percent chance of the rain Wednesday and Thursday, though rainfall totals aren’t expected to be high later in the week.
For 2011, much of the state remains in a rainfall shortfall. A week of rain could push that total close to the January-February-March average of around 12 inches.
It’s too early to be confident about weekend forecasts, but the early guess is only a slight chance of rain and highs in the 70s on Saturday. Considering the rainy days ahead, however, this might be a good time for those planning to attend the Carolina Cup horse races in Camden on Saturday to go shopping for fashionable galoshes.