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April 6 - April 12, 2015


Hartsville, Sumter and Kingstree each reported a Monday high temperature of 81 degrees despite the mostly cloudy conditions. Rains developed over the state's high elevation counties and moved eastward. Amounts measured on Tuesday morning included 1.18 inches at Jocassee Dam, 0.43 inches at Gaffney and 0.41 inches at Chesterfield. A warming atmosphere contributed to stormy weather on Tuesday evening and overnight. Lightning strikes, underneath cloud tops that soared to 50,000 feet over Winnsboro, were blamed for a barn fire. At around 7:00 p.m., 1.75-inch diameter hail fell over parts of Union County and at 10:00 p.m., more 1.75-inch hail fell at Blythewood. Thunderstorm downpours brought Batesburg 2.28 inches, Pelion 2.00 inches and Union 1.52 inches. A CoCoRaHS volunteer observer in Chapin measured 2.56 inches. On Wednesday, Barnwell reached 91 degrees and the state's warmest day since October 27, 2014. Temperatures on Thursday bordered on "hot" for the date but were offset by the more comfortable, lower humidity. Marion, Bishopville, Winnsboro and Johnston all reached 90 degrees. Scattered, late afternoon storms on Friday brought dime-to quarter-sized hailstones to Aiken and Edgefield counties. The USGS rain gage at McTier Creek near Monetta measured 1.11 inches of rain. Bennettsville warmed to 88 degrees before the arrival of cooler air. On Saturday morning, Saluda and the Conway AP cooled to 64 degrees. Sunny weather at Greenville-Spartanburg AP pushed the Saturday afternoon temperature to 79 degrees at 5:13 p.m. Overcast skies and east winds on Sunday kept temperatures in the cool to mild range. Table Rock State Park reported a high temperature of 71 degrees. It was 76 degrees in Allendale and N Myrtle Beach. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was seven degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 92 degrees at Cades, Chesterfield, Hartsville and Columbia Metro AP on April 9. The lowest official temperature reported was 42 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on April 7. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.28 inches at Batesburg ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 8. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.5 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure 
        Anderson AP            0.19     8.61      -4.7
           Greer AP            1.32    11.21      -2.5
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.79     8.84      -3.2
  Columbia Metro AP            1.39    11.59      -0.4
      Orangeburg AP            0.40    10.28      -2.6
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.33    10.20      -3.1
        Florence AP            0.32    10.66       0.1 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.29     9.91      -2.4 
      Charleston AP            0.28    10.55      -1.0
    Savannah, GA AP            0.09     9.70      -1.8

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 70 degrees, Charleston 69 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 67 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 63 degrees.

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