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May 6 - May 12, 2013

Over a wet landscape, Monday's daybreak was bright and sunny. The central coast locations of Andrews and Georgetown warmed to 77 degrees. A nearby and slow moving circulation center sent clusters of light showers into the state on Tuesday and with cooler air. Rock Hill reported a low temperature of 43 degrees and Walterboro chilled to 50 degrees. Trailing showers on Tuesday left 0.72 inches of rain at Clinton, 0.69 inches at Fountain Inn and 0.53 inches at Lugoff. The May 5, Congaree River (at Columbia) stage of 5.43 feet rose swiftly behind heavy rains to a "moderate flood" crest of 24.39 feet at 4:15 p.m. on May 8. Unstable air, between the surface and aloft, helped in the formation of a few brief thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon. Small hail was reported in Whitmire and at the USC campus in Columbia. Seasonal warmth arrived on Thursday and settled into the state for most of the weekend. Bamberg and Barnwell reached 87 degrees on Thursday afternoon. On Friday, Pinopolis and the Columbia Metro AP warmed to 89 degrees. Charleston and Beaufort recorded a Saturday high temperature of 85 degrees. Rain showers on Saturday evening passed through the Upstate counties. Anderson measured one of the heavier amounts with 0.35 inches. Cooler, drier air arrived Sunday morning on west winds that gusted to 28 mph at Columbia. A sunny Sullivan's Island recorded the state's warmest Sunday temperature at 85 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was near the long-term average.


The highest official temperature reported was 90 degrees at Darlington, Hartsville and Kingstree on May 10. The lowest official temperature reported was 35 degrees at Jocassee on May 7. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 5.32 inches at Jocassee ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 6. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.5 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                              Total    Total    from Avg     
        Anderson AP            0.61    19.46      3.0
           Greer AP            0.34    21.74      4.6
   Charlotte, NC AP            1.63    18.02      3.1
  Columbia Metro AP            0.03    17.31      2.1
      Orangeburg AP            0.13    16.30      0.9
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.01    19.22      3.5
        Florence AP            0.26    14.55      1.4
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.74    15.93      0.7
      Charleston AP            0.12    21.94      7.6
    Savannah, GA AP            0.03    18.75      4.5
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 72 degrees, Charleston 74 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 66 degrees.

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