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WEEKLY SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER 2016

May 16, 2016 - May 22, 2016

WEATHER SUMMARY:

East winds and high clouds on Monday turned into downpours on Tuesday. Heavy rain was reported at around 8:00 a.m. at the Clemson-Oconee AP and the Pickens County AP. Hilton Head Island AP noted heavy rain at 3:50 p.m. Localized street flooding affected portions of Beaufort County. CoCoRaHS volunteer observers measured 6.90 inches of rain near Pritchardville, 6.45 inches near Bluffton and 6.27 inches at Hilton Head Island. At 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, 100 percent relative humidity was observed at the Conway AP, Georgetown AP, Johns Island AP, Charleston City and Allendale AP. Johnston reached 85 degrees on Wednesday afternoon. More soaking rains came with Thursday's sunrise across the Piedmont and northern Midlands. The USGS Laurens County Hickory Tavern location received 3.43 inches on Thursday. Rainfall amounts taken on Friday morning included 3.77 inches in Bishopville, 3.68 inches in Longtown, 3.51 inches in Newberry and 3.00 inches in Greenwood. The thermometer at Hartsville AP registered 55 degrees on Friday morning. A rainy and overcast Greenville-Spartanburg AP only made it to 60 degrees. Scattered showers on Saturday and Sunday rotated southeast over the northern counties into the Pee Dee. On Sunday morning, Saluda and Greenwood cooled to 55 degrees. Sullivan's Island and Summerville shared Sunday's warmest temperature at 84 degrees. Weekly rainfalls totaled 4.43 inches at Bamberg and 3.98 inches at Ware Shoals.

The highest official temperature reported was 86 degrees at Hilton Head Island on May 18 and at Jamestown, Charleston AP, Walterboro AP and the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station on May 21. The lowest official temperature reported was 44 degrees at York on May 16. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 5.00 inches at Cedar Creek ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 20. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 2.2 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees below the long-term average.

PRECIPITATION:

  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 3.85 15.35 -2.1
Greer AP 2.88 17.04 -1.3
Charlotte, NC AP 2.59 14.56 -1.4
Columbia Metro AP 1.06 13.41 -2.1
Orangeburg AP 0.88 12.13 -4.2
Augusta, GA Bush AP 1.85 16.04 -0.5
Florence AP 3.26 20.70 6.5
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.42 14.76 -1.5
Charleston AP 0.87 15.48 0.2
Savannah, GA AP 6.17 20.98 5.8

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.

SOIL:

4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 68 degrees. Columbia 74 degrees. Charleston NA.

RIVERS AND SURF:

South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. The Charleston Harbor Ravenel Bridge reported a water temperature of 76 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 71 degrees.

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