The end of July means we are 2/3 of the way through meteorological summer (June - August) and so far, this summer is the wettest ever and vastly different than last summer.
The nearly 1.5 to 2 feet of rain the area has received over the past two months goes down in history as the wettest 2 month period on record. In the month of July alone, Florence measured 14.91" making it the wettest month ever. The previous record for most rainfall in a month was 14.36" set in August of 1992. Records at the Florence Regional Airport go back to 1948.
Obviously, if there are lots of clouds and rain, it's not going to be terribly hot. The number of 90º days is down, especially in Myrtle Beach where we've only hit 90º three times this summer. Amazingly, we have yet to hit 100°. Last summer, we had already reach 100° 8 times. Two of those days temperatures peaked at 105° in Florence!
Why has it been so wet and relatively cool? We've been locked into a pattern with a trough of low pressure residing over the eastern half of the U.S. while a ridge out west keeps them bone dry. This pattern looks to continue into August which means above average rainfall is likely.
The one good thing about this pattern? If the trough persists along the eastern seaboard for the next few months, it could reduce our chances of being hit by a tropical system since it has a tendency to deflect storms & hurricanes away form our coast.