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April 27 - May 3, 2015


Temperatures on Monday morning were a cool 50 degrees at Saluda, Holly Hill and N Myrtle Beach. Afternoon sunshine over Calhoun Falls moved the thermometer to a high of 83 degrees. Tuesday's low temperatures from the Upstate into the Midlands were quite low for the date. Chesnee and Ninety-Nine Islands both reported 39 degrees. Union, Cedar Creek and Lugoff reached 43 degrees. Areas of rain developed overnight for the coastal plain into Wednesday morning. Measurements taken at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday included 1.14 inches at Walterboro and 0.59 inches at the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station. Union, N Myrtle Beach and Edisto Beach all recorded a Wednesday high temperature of just 65 degrees. Alternating hours of sunshine to rain continued into Thursday. Rainfall reports for the twenty-four hours ending on Thursday morning indicated Charleston City had received 1.22 inches and 0.90 inches had falling at Edisto Beach. Newberry measured 0.48 inches and Walhalla reported light rains totaling 0.27 inches. Clearing weather arrived on Thursday, month's end. At 2:00 p.m., it was a sunny 74 degrees, with west winds of 9 mph, at Orangeburg, Charleston and Beaufort. The April 2015 rainfall totals ranged from a high of 11.62 inches at Jocassee 8WNW (Oconee County) to a low of 1.55 inches at Wateree Dam. Sandy Springs started the first day of May at 40 degrees. During the afternoon hours, an upper level feature drifted across the northern counties bringing layers of clouds and reports of sprinkles. The official NWS Cooperative site in Darlington reported the state's heaviest rain at just 0.03 inches. Rock Hill and Holly Hill shared a Friday high temperature of 67 degrees. More agreeable weather settled into South Carolina on Saturday with the majority of sites reporting afternoon temperatures in the upper 70's. Mostly sunny weather on Sunday moved the afternoon temperatures into the 80's. Hartsville, Sumter, Kingstree and Summerville all recorded 82 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees below the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 87 degrees at Bamberg, Barnwell and Jamestown on April 26. The lowest official temperature reported was 34 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on April 28. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.47 inches at the Charleston AP on April 29. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.3 inches.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.29 13.65 -1.9
Greer AP 0.04 15.59 -0.6
Charlotte, NC AP 0.00 14.15 0.1
Columbia Metro AP 0.56 14.17 0.4
Orangeburg AP 0.25 12.94 -1.7
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.37 14.70 -0.4
Florence AP 0.25 13.73 1.4
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.36 13.26 -1.0
Charleston AP 1.47 13.86 0.3
Savannah, GA AP 1.14 16.10 2.6

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 71 degrees, Charleston 72 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 68 degrees.

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