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July rains break 108-year-old Asheville record

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People take cover from the rain. (File/FOX Carolina) People take cover from the rain. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The numbers are in for July and they show it was a record breaking summer for much of the Upstate and western North Carolina when it comes to rainfall totals.

With days of rain throughout much of July, the official rainfall counts broke several local records including one record that was more than 100 years old.

In Greenville, a 29-year-old monthly rainfall record was broken with 14.45" of rain in July. The previous record was set at 13.57" in 1984. So far this year, Greenville has seen 47.04" of rain, which is normally around 28" by the end of July.

Asheville saw 13.69" of rain, breaking the previous record of 11.71" of monthly rainfall set in 1905. Asheville has seen 51.78" so far in 2013, with an average of 27" having fallen by Aug. 1.

Even Pickens County saw its own record-breaking year with recent flooding. The summer storms brought floods estimated at only once in a 100 years, according to emergency management officials.

And most of the area may have to handle more rain. FOX Carolina Meteorologist Nicole Papay said the amount of moisture in the ground could continue to spark thunderstorms and scattered heavy rainfall through the end of summer.

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