Rain was big weather story for Augusta in 2013

James Scott takes a picture with his phone of the flooded amphitheatre at Riverwalk Augusta on July 11 after rain caused the Savannah River to overflow onto the lower level of the riverwalk.

Heavy summer rains frustrated farmers and event planners in record-setting fashion in 2013.


Augusta had its wettest June in history with 10.78 inches, and rainfall through July and August gave the area its third highest total ever over those three months.

The over-abundance of rainfall affected crops from cotton and wheat to pumpkins and Christmas trees. One year after experiencing drought, farmers were dealing with rotting crops, fungus and altered planting and harvesting schedules because of excessively wet fields.

Augusta residents found themselves dealing with repeated flooding of streets and yards, and an increase in bugs, such as millipedes, showing up indoors.

In mid-July, rain caused the Savannah River to overflow onto the lower level of Riverwalk Augusta, causing the city to close that section along with boat ramps and boat access points. Residents flocked to the riverwalk to take photos of the roped-off amphitheater stage, which was completely under water.

Overall, 58.05 inches of rainfall was measured at Daniel Field this year, up from the annual average of 46.09.

The rainfall did provide substantially cooler temperatures for the area, with the chilliest July since 1994 and the 11th coldest in 119 years of records. Augusta set new daily low maximum temperatures each day from Aug. 15-17.

The summer saw no temperatures above 100 degrees, and only 33 of the 91 days between June to August rose above 90 degrees.

For some, the cooler temperatures did not offset the disappointment caused by the rain, which caused a number of event cancellations and made travel dangerous.

“They really didn’t have much of a summer,” Elizabeth Hamilton said in July of her children, who had become “restless” from being trapped indoors.

Rainfall diminished noticeably in the fall. The three months from September to November was the fifth driest in local history, according to the Georgia Climatology Office.

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DEC. 21: The merger of Georgia Health Sciences and Augusta State universities became official in 2013.

DEC. 22: A federal judge ended the Richmond County school system’s desegregation order after 40 years.

DEC. 23: Five members of Evans-based vein procedures company The Vein Guys were killed in a Feb. 20 plane crash at Thomson-McDuffie County Airport.

DEC. 24: The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office wanted to address traffic concerns in 2013 with Operation Thunder, and it did, to the chagrin of many motorists.

DEC. 25: The city’s transition to once-a-week garbage, recycling and yard waste collection did not go smoothly.

DEC. 26: After a dozen years in the making, the Augusta Convention Center opened in February.

DEC. 27: Safety concerns after high-profile assaults and a proposed slum designation catapulted downtown Augusta back into the spotlight in 2013.

SATURDAY: Delays in consultations led to the deaths of three cancer patients at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

SUNDAY: North Augusta officials approved a $144 million public-private development that would include a baseball stadium for the Augusta GreenJackets.

MONDAY: Rain played havoc with farmers, event planners and others in record-setting fashion.

TUESDAY: The Augusta Commission fired city Administrator Fred Russell in December.



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