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April 28 - May 4, 2014


Sunny, warm weather was observed on Monday. Sandhill, Bamberg, Beaufort and Florence all reported a high temperature of 89 degrees. It was the warmest day in Florence since October 5, 2013. The Tuesday morning low temperature of 73 degrees at Beaufort was their mildest start of a day since September 13, 2013. Showers formed over the Midlands and expanded north and south by Tuesday evening. Rock Hill measured a 24-hour rainfall of 0.57 inches and Chester reported 0.36 inches. Stormy weather developed on Wednesday for parts of central South Carolina and over the coastal plain. At noon, Winnsboro reported south winds of 31 mph gusting to 39 mph. High winds over McCormick, Greenwood, Saluda, Newberry and Fairfield counties caused trees to topple and falling limbs that interrupted electrical service. Southwest winds at Springmaid Pier gusted to 45 mph. Thunderstorm cloud tops reached 50,000 feet along the beaches with heavy rain cells. A CoCoRaHS volunteer observer at Bluffton measured a 24-hour rainfall of 2.99 inches. Adams Run received 2.63 inches; 1.36 inches fell over Sullivan's Island; and 1.40 inches was reported at Andrews. The month of April produced a rainfall range of 6.90 inches at Jocassee 8WNW (Walhalla Hatchery) and Fort Mill to just 2.53 inches at N Myrtle Beach AP. Cooler air arrived on Thursday. Pelion and Conway reported an afternoon high temperature of 81 degrees. Leftover showers brought Allendale 0.42 inches of rain and Springfield 0.26 inches. Friday began with temperatures in the 50's for much of the state. Johnston cooled to an even 50 degrees. The Greenville-Spartanburg AP and Saluda recorded 71 degrees for a Friday high temperature. Sunny, seasonal conditions on Saturday changed to very warm conditions on Sunday. Walterboro's daybreak temperature of 51 degrees moved to an afternoon high value of 86 degrees. Bennettsville and Bamberg each made it to 90 degrees. Drying west winds over the Sandhill Research and Education Center's open water pan evaporated a season high 0.39 inches of water in 24-hours. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 92 degrees at Pinopolis on April 28. The lowest official temperature reported was 41 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on May 2. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.76 inches at Bennett's Point ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 1. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.5 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            0.20    14.09      -1.5
           Greer AP            0.18    15.38      -0.8
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.91    18.74       4.6
  Columbia Metro AP            0.02    13.26      -0.7
      Orangeburg AP            0.31    12.65      -2.1
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.43    13.44      -1.7
        Florence AP            0.67    14.76       2.3 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.55    11.39      -3.0
      Charleston AP            1.08    15.76       2.1
    Savannah, GA AP            0.27    12.49      -1.1

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 66 degrees.

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