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April 18, 2016 - April 24, 2016


Dry, continental air contributed to large diurnal temperature rises on Monday. Table Rock's sunrise temperature of 37 degrees climbed 49 degrees in about nine hours, reaching 86 degrees. Other sharp temperature rises were observed at the Pickens County AP and Saluda (47 degrees), and at Kings Mountain NMP and the Marlboro County AP near Bennettsville (45 degrees). On Tuesday, Hartsville and Whitmire warmed to 90 degrees. Clouds arrived on Wednesday, cancelling the above average warming. Greenville Downtown AP, Shaw AFB, Florence and Summerville recorded a high temperature of 81 degrees. Thursday's highest temperature belonged to the coastal locations of Jamestown, Andrews and Georgetown with 85 degrees. Early sunshine on Friday transitioned into thunderstorms during the late afternoon hours as a boundary of cooler air collided with the warm conditions. In just five minutes, the USGS gage on the Lynches River near Effingham measured 0.38 inches of rain. Totals taken on Saturday morning included 3.32 inches in Cades, 3.11 inches at Galivant's Ferry and 2.83 inches in Mullins. Saturday's cloudy skies began clearing before noon for much of central and western South Carolina. Seasonal warmth made an effort against brisk northerly winds with Hilton Head Island and Beaufort noting a Saturday high temperature of 82 degrees. Sunday began on the cool side but a full day of sunshine and diminishing winds moved the temperature to 80 degrees for Walhalla, Clinton and Orangeburg making for comfortable outside activities.

The highest official temperature reported was 91 degrees at the Marlboro County AP near Bennettsville on April 19. The lowest official temperature reported was 36 degrees at Cedar Creek on April 18. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.59 inches at the USGS Lynches River gage near Effingham on April 22. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.5 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.25 9.47 -5.0
Greer AP 0.33 11.36 -3.7
Charlotte, NC AP 0.34 8.88 -4.3
Columbia Metro AP 0.68 11.31 -1.7
Orangeburg AP 0.58 10.77 -3.2
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.03 13.01 -1.4
Florence AP 2.56 14.43 2.9
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.09 10.44 -3.0
Charleston AP 0.16 12.62 -0.1
Savannah, GA AP 0.72 13.68 0.9

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 73 degrees. Charleston 76.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. The Charleston Harbor Ravenel Bridge reported a water temperature of 69 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 68 degrees.

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