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May 5 - May 11, 2014


Drying, hot weather settled in for the work week. At the Monday 4:00 p.m. observation, Columbia's Hamilton-Owens AP and Shaw AFB in Sumter reported 94 degrees with a relative humidity value of just 16 percent. At 4:01 p.m., the Charleston AP set a "date record" high temperature of 95 degrees. The arid air mass allowed for overnight temperature falls into the 50's on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The Sandhill Experiment Station open pan evaporation reached another "season high" 24-hour measurement of 0.45 inches. Fountain Inn warmed to 88 degrees on Wednesday afternoon with just enough of a breeze to keep outside activities comfortable. Union reported a Thursday morning minimum of 54 degrees which then began a steady climb to 90 degrees that afternoon. Hartsville, Florence and Kingstree noted a Friday high temperature of 91 degrees. Scattered showers developed over the highest elevation counties during the Friday evening hours leaving Table Rock with 0.75 inches of rain, Kings Mountain State Park with 0.54 inches and the Clemson-Oconee AP 0.45 inches. A general increase in clouds on Saturday lowered the afternoon temperatures by a few degrees. Orangeburg and Conway warmed to 88 degrees. Widely spaced showers brought portions of a dry Bamberg County 0.40 inches of welcomed rain and 0.37 inches fell at Barnwell. Sunday's thundershowers were most numerous from Allendale over into the central coast. Sunday's usual and intense heating hours were offset by drifting banks of clouds and their surface shading all across the state. Afternoon high temperature values of 86 degrees were observed at Greenville, Saluda and Jamestown. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was eight degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 98 degrees at the USC Columbia campus on May 8 and at Clarks Hill on May 9. The lowest official temperature reported was 43 degrees at Chesnee on May 5. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.02 inches at Fort Mill ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 11. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.2 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            0.15    14.24      -2.1
           Greer AP            0.25    15.63      -1.4
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.59    19.33       4.5
  Columbia Metro AP            0.00    13.26      -1.3
      Orangeburg AP            0.04    12.69      -2.6
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.00    13.44      -2.2
        Florence AP            0.00    14.76       1.7 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.14    11.53      -3.6
      Charleston AP            0.23    15.99       1.7
    Savannah, GA AP            1.88    14.37       0.2

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 76 degrees, Charleston 77 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 74 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 67 degrees.

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