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April 20 - April 26, 2015


Storms rolled through the Upstate on Monday, felling trees in Oconee County. Large hail was reported near Travelers Rest (two-inch diameter), Greer, Six Mile and Salem. A few of the heaviest 24-hour rainfalls measured included 2.27 inches at Chesnee, 1.47 inches at Travelers Rest and 1.31 inches at Pickens. Clear skies arrived for Tuesday's sunrise and with much cooler air. Caesars Head and Sassafras Mt. both noted a minimum of 41 degrees. It was 43 degrees in Sandy Springs, 53 degrees in Winnsboro and 63 degrees in Hilton Head. At 2:00 p.m., Anderson, Aiken and N Myrtle Beach all reported 70 degrees. Walhalla and Fountain Inn recorded a Wednesday morning low temperature of 38 degrees ahead of more warming air moving north over the Savannah River. Florence, Sumter, Orangeburg and McCormick recorded Wednesday high temperatures of 81 degrees. Fair weather continued on Thursday with Allendale and Walterboro reaching 82 degrees. Another boundary of cooler, continental air rushed into the state early Friday. Kings Mt. National Military Park, Cedar Creek and Hartsville all reported a low temperature of 37 degrees. It was 40 degrees in Greenwood and Lugoff. Friday's afternoon temperatures peaked at 71 degrees at Edisto Beach, 72 degrees at Little Mountain and 73 degrees at the Kingstree AP. Areas of light rain formed on Saturday for central locations with storms concentrated within the Lowcountry. Three CoCoRaHS volunteer observers in Bluffton reported 24-hour rainfalls of 3.89, 3.87 and 3.68 inches in multiple storms on Saturday. Trees were blown down in Jasper County and penny-sized hail fell on Hilton Head Island. A gradient of cold air took a stance Sunday along the most northern counties. At 3:00 p.m., Chester reported light rain and 55 degrees while Orangeburg, Charleston and Beaufort enjoyed a warm and mostly sunny 86 degrees. Late day showers brought Dillon 0.70 inches, the Georgetown AP 0.45 inches and 0.14 inches to Bamberg. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was one degree above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 88 degrees at Hilton Head, Beaufort, Charleston and Mt. Pleasant on April 26. The lowest official temperature reported was 33 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on April 22. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.10 inches at the Limehouse USGS gage (Jasper County) ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 25. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.5 inches.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.41 13.36 -1.4
Greer AP 0.37 15.55 0.3
Charlotte, NC AP 0.66 14.15 0.8
Columbia Metro AP 0.27 13.61 0.4
Orangeburg AP 0.18 12.69 -1.5
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.62 14.33 -0.2
Florence AP 0.21 13.48 1.7
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.36 12.90 -0.7
Charleston AP 0.21 12.39 -0.5
Savannah, GA AP 2.94 14.96 2.0

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 70 degrees, Charleston 73 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 70 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 67 degrees.

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