Rainfall in July was near record

One of the wettest Julys in more than a century dampened local summer events and kept many folks out of area swimming pools.

“The temps ended up being near normal, while the rainfall was well above normal,” said Marietta weather watcher Charlie Worsham.

He said July’s precipitation was near record for the month.

“The rainfall total of 9.05 inches was the most for July since we had 10.37 inches in July 1907,” Worsham said. “This was the second highest monthly rainfall in 110 years.”

The rain had an impact on local pool attendance.

“All the pools have been hurting this summer. We’ve had about one week that was really hot and the pools were packed,” said Mike Bishman, owner of Professional Pool Management, which operates several local municipal pools.

The past month’s weather was similar to 2009, he said.

“We had a lot of rough weather that year,” Bishman said. “Typically attendance drops off in August, but in 2009 the numbers actually went up that month because the weather was better.”

Bishman said he is hoping pool attendance will also pick up in August this year to help offset business lost to July’s weather, noting some pools had to close on a few days last month due to the inclement weather.

July festivals also suffered from the rainstorms, including one of the month’s biggest events-Marietta’s Riverfront Roar July 12-14.

“Actually there was good weather on the Riverfront Roar weekend, but all the rain the week before caused the river levels to be so high that the powerboat races had to be canceled, but all of the other Roar activities went on,” said Casey Knowlton, public relations and social media coordinator for the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Other events impacted by the rain included the Marietta Sweet Corn Festival, July Merchants and Artist Walk and the annual Red, White and Blues Festival.

“The blues festival was moved inside the Lafayette Hotel, so they had pretty good attendance,” Knowlton said. “The corn festival was still able to go on with the corn-eating contest, inflatables and entertainment.”

He said local folks are pretty resilient and seem to still show up to support the local festivals and other events, rain or shine.

Worsham said there was one weather record broken during July.

“We set a new rainfall record of 1.95 inches on the 22nd, breaking the record of 1.92 inches on July 22, 1953,” he said.