As Ian Kennedy walked his dog Tuesday morning, dodging deep puddles from yet another stretch of wet weather, he felt exhausted.
For months now, the rain has forced him to skip daily bike rides on roads and trails near his Columbia home, instead confining him to an indoor bike trainer. Scout, his family’s mutt, won’t go out when it’s pouring.
The rain has even interfered with his job as executive director of the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission. It scared away crowds from movies and concerts at Merriweather Post Pavilion, or drenched patrons as organizers struggled to adjust the gutter system on the amphitheater’s newly installed roof.
“I thought, ‘I am...