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May 27 - June 2, 2013

Typical late-spring weather with cool mornings and warm afternoons was observed during the last week of May. McColl's Monday morning low temperature fell to 50 degrees. Sunny weather on Tuesday warmed Hartsville and Kingstree to 88 degrees. Saluda reached 89 degrees on Wednesday. Drying high pressure controlled the state's weather into the weekend. At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Darlington and Greenville reported a barometric pressure value of 30.31 inches of mercury. Johnston and Clarks Hill noted a Thursday afternoon high temperature of 90 degrees. A few late-day and isolated showers developed along the central Savannah River basin and moved up into the headwaters. Amounts were generally less than one-tenth of an inch but Keowee Dam measured an even one-inch of rain. Florence and Orangeburg reported dense fog on Friday morning with visibilities reduced to less than one-quarter of a mile. At the end of May 2013, Long Creek had measured 7.15 inches of rain while Johnston had measured only 1.79 inches. Under cumulus-filled skies, Chester, Batesburg, McCormick and Dillon all noted a Friday high temperature of 88 degrees. Sub-tropical conditions arrived on Saturday as surface winds shifted more to the south. Orangeburg and Florence reached a more humid 90 degrees. Thunderstorms formed on Sunday afternoon with flooding rains for portions of Anderson County. A CoCoRaHS volunteer near Tigerville estimated that 0.90 inches of rain fell in 13 minutes. Sandy Springs reported an event total of 2.28 inches. At the midnight hour, slow-moving thunderstorm cells with intense rain were over Aiken and Edgefield counties. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was one degree above the long-term average.


The highest official temperature reported was 93 degrees at Clarks Hill on May 31 and at Bennettsville on June 2. The lowest official temperature reported was 49 degrees at Ninety Nine Islands on May 27. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.78 inches at Anderson AP on June 2. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.2 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                              Total    Total    from Avg     
        Anderson AP            2.78    24.26      5.6
           Greer AP            1.22    24.38      4.7
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.19    18.94      1.7
  Columbia Metro AP            0.08    18.70      1.9
      Orangeburg AP            0.00    17.38     -0.6
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.01    19.61      1.8
        Florence AP            0.02    18.85      3.2
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.04    17.48     -0.2
      Charleston AP            0.04    23.48      6.9
    Savannah, GA AP            0.03    19.57      3.0
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 78 degrees, Charleston 79 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 77 degrees.

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