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May 26 - June 1, 2014


Thundershowers on Monday drifted along the central Savannah River border and eastward before dissipating. Walterboro received one of the heaviest rainfalls with a report of 1.25 inches. Hartsville and the Charleston AP warmed to 88 degrees. A localized storm on Tuesday afternoon produced high winds that felled trees and blocked roadways within the Cayce community. Just across the Congaree River, the Columbia Hamilton-Owens AP measured 0.65 inches of rain in thirty-five minutes. More slow-moving convective storms formed on Wednesday afternoon. The Columbia Metro AP in Lexington County reported small hail, winds gusting to 35 mph and 1.05 inches of rain, most of which occurred in one hour. Sunny weather on Thursday sent the temperature at Cades and Bennettsville to an afternoon high of 95 degrees. Clusters of storms formed during the late afternoon heating for much of the eastern half of South Carolina. Rainfall amounts reported on Friday morning included the Loris CoCoRaHS volunteer's observation of 4.02 inches, Crabtree Swamp's 2.50 inches, Batesburg's 2.40 inches and Allendale's 1.72 inches. Friday's storms over Conway produced golfball-sized hail at 5:45 p.m. Crabtree Swamp received another 1.61 inches of rain giving them a two-day total of 4.11 inches. The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station reported a thunderstorm rainfall of 1.45 inches. A boundary of cooler air moved southward into the state during the afternoon hours of Saturday. Isolated thundershowers left 1.80 inches at rain at Dillon and 1.71 inches at Hartsville. Heavy rains totaling 1.87 inches fell at the Edisto Beach State Park. The 31 days of May ended with a state rainfall range of 8.52 inches at Marion to 1.49 inches at the Charleston AP. Sandhill and Shaw AFB noted a Sunday morning minimum temperature of 60 degrees. At 4:00 p.m., Florence Regional AP reported sunny skies, 81 degrees with east winds at 14 mph. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 97 degrees at Johnston on May 28. The lowest official temperature reported was 52 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on May 27. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.92 inches at the USGS St. Paul Santee location ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 30. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.2 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure               
        Anderson AP            1.34    17.57      -0.9
           Greer AP            1.90    19.81       0.3
   Charlotte, NC AP            1.35    22.79       5.7
  Columbia Metro AP            3.06    18.96       2.3
      Orangeburg AP            2.83    18.83       1.1
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.84    18.86       1.2
        Florence AP            0.06    17.34       1.8 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.24    12.98      -4.6
      Charleston AP            0.27    17.25       0.8
    Savannah, GA AP            0.72    15.79      -0.6

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 78 degrees, Charleston 80 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 78 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 76 degrees.

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