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May 20 - May 26, 2013

Bennettsville reported street flooding from heavy rains on Monday morning. Manning received a 24-hour rainfall total of 3.15 inches and McClellanville measured 1.92 inches. Stormy weather continued into Tuesday with one-inch diameter hail falling over parts of Oconee, Aiken and Newberry counties. Tuesday's rainfalls included 2.91 inches at Adams Run and 1.40 inches at McCormick. At 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Rock Hill, Columbia, Sumter and Beaufort all reported a relative humidity value of 100 percent. A mid-afternoon thunderstorm near Mountain Rest produced one-inch diameter hail that covered the ground and created "hail fog." Pickens was soaked with 2.00 inches of rain. Barnwell warmed to 89 degrees on Wednesday. Cheraw received 0.86 inches of rain on Thursday as showers exited northeast. The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station's Thursday high temperature was 89 degrees. Dry air quickly replaced the moist conditions on Friday. At 5:00 p.m., Shaw AFB in Sumter noted a relative humidity value of just 12 percent. Charleston reported a Friday high temperature of 86 degrees. On Saturday morning, "date record" low temperatures were set at Florence (44 degrees) and N Myrtle Beach (46 degrees). Chesterfield and Hartsville cooled to 43 degrees. Bamberg and Cades recorded the state's Saturday high temperature of 82 degrees. Sunday's daylight weather was back and forth with periods of sunshine and passing clouds. Sandhill, Florence and Edisto Beach reported an afternoon high temperature of 79 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees below the long-term average.


The highest official temperature reported was 90 degrees at Union and Johnston on May 21. The lowest official temperature reported was 40 degrees at Ninety Nine Islands on May 25. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.21 inches at Long Creek ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 22. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.8 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                              Total    Total    from Avg     
        Anderson AP            1.64    21.48      3.6
           Greer AP            0.96    23.16      4.4
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.69    18.75      2.4
  Columbia Metro AP            0.00    18.62      2.7
      Orangeburg AP            0.00    17.38      0.5
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.37    19.60      2.7
        Florence AP            2.54    18.83      4.1
  N Myrtle Beach AP            1.31    17.44      0.7
      Charleston AP            1.50    23.44      7.7
    Savannah, GA AP            0.00    19.54      3.9
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 73 degrees, Charleston 76 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 72 degrees.

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