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April 20, 2009 - April 26, 2009


Monday's thunderclouds rose to nearly 45,000 feet along the south coast. Parts of Charleston County received one-inch diameter hail. Winds at N Myrtle Beach Airport gusted to 39 mph. Drying, high pressure built over the state on Tuesday with breezy conditions. Sunrise temperatures on Wednesday fell into the 30's at the usual cold locations. At 3:00 pm, Greenville observed a relative humidity value of 11 percent. During the 24-hour period from Wednesday to Thursday morning, the Sandhill observation site noted an open pan evaporation water loss of 0.44 inches. A wildfire began Wednesday within Horry County, fanned by west winds gusting to 38 mph at the Marion Airport and 35 mph at the N Myrtle Beach Airport. An estimated 30 square miles of forest and residential property would eventually be consumed. Wind speeds calmed on Friday, allowing afternoon temperatures to rise to their highest of the spring season. All day sunshine helped push the thermometer to around 90 degrees. Sunny, warm weather was observed on Saturday and Sunday. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 95 degrees at Camden on April 24. The lowest official temperature reported was 34 degrees at Chesnee on April 22. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.84 inches at Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 21. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.3 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.90   17.11      0.1
      Columbia           0.26   10.24     -5.5
    Orangeburg           0.06   11.43     -4.3
 Charlotte, NC           0.57   12.43     -2.1
   Augusta, GA           0.05   13.44     -2.4
      Florence           0.03    8.44     -5.1
N Myrtle Beach           0.00    8.20     -5.0
    Charleston           0.73   10.70     -2.9
  Savannah, GA           0.37   13.74      0.3   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 70 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 68 degrees.

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