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Site in mountains sets yearly rain record in South Carolina

May 5, 2019

MOUNTAIN REST, S.C. (AP) — It’s now official. South Carolina’s record for most rainfall in a year has been broken.

The State Climate Extremes Committee voted that the 123.45 inches (313.56 centimeters) of rain recorded at the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery in far northern Oconee County in 2018 was a valid measurement.

The group examined rainfall records from the surrounding area and weather patterns to confirm the total.

The rain gauge is near Lake Jocassee.

The state climatologist office says the previous record was 119.16 inches (302.67 centimeters) of rain at Hogback Mountain near Landrum.

The mountains are usually the rainiest part of South Carolina, with an average of about 75 inches (190 centimeters) per year.