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.