In parts of the Carolinas and southeast Virginia, 100-year monthly rainfall records sometimes fell back to back to back from April through August.

The short-term effect will be total crop losses in some cases, yield reductions in others and surprisingly little damage in some fields.

“I’ve planted a crop every year since 1962, and I’ve never seen anything like the rainfall we saw this year. I’ve seen crops drowned out by hurricanes and tropical storm and I’ve lost crops to drought and flooding in the same year, but not the continual heavy rainfall throughout the planting and growing season,” says South Carolina farmer Jimmie McMillan.


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He says the most unusual thing he saw was a school of minnows swimming in a flooded-out area near his farm shop.

Upon closer inspection, he says he saw an eel swimming around in the floodwater on land he’d never seen flooded before.

Pictures of alligators in cotton fields and bears climbing across partially submerged irrigation pivots to go from one dry spot to another are rare and tangible evidence of how unusual the 2013 weather played out across the Southeast in 2013.

Animals in strange places make for interesting conversation and good fodder for social media sites, but at the end of these unusual weather events, these creatures will go back to their natural habitat and be of little more than a nuisance and reminder of the historic rainfall.