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May 28 - June 3, 2012

A mostly sunny Memorial Day Monday included interruptions for passing thundershowers being forced northward around the circulation of Tropical Storm Beryl. A weakened Tropical Depression Beryl moved northeast from Florida on Tuesday bringing periods of heavy rain to central South Carolina and eastward to the beaches. Orangeburg reported a 24-hour rainfall of 3.28 inches. Tropical downpours on Tuesday caused localized flooding within Allendale, Jasper and Charleston counties. At 12:16 a.m. on Wednesday morning, an EF1 tornado caused light property damage three miles ESE of Holly Hill. The CoCoRaHS volunteer observer in Cameron measured 7.30 inches of rain for the two-day period ending Wednesday morning. Barnwell received 5.09 inches and nearby Allendale 4.80 inches. Instruments at Springmaid Pier measured a minimum barometric pressure of 29.54 inches of mercury at 7:24 a.m. and a peak wind gust of 41 mph from the north at 10:00 a.m. At 11:00 a.m., the northeastward-moving Tropical Depression Beryl was located near Wilmington, N.C. A sunny Anderson and Clinton reported a Wednesday afternoon high temperature of 91 degrees. Mullins received 0.55 inches of rain for the 24-hours ending on Thursday morning. Dry air, drawn into the exiting tropical weather, helped temperatures on Thursday morning to fall into the 60's. Conway, Manning and Summerville reported a Thursday morning low temperature of 63 degrees. The Kingstree AP thermometer climbed to 93 degrees on a sunny Thursday afternoon. A late round of convection left 1.43 inches of rain at McCormick and 0.79 inches at Lugoff. At the end of May 2012, Conway had received 11.99 inches of rain while a distant Anderson AP had only received 2.22 inches. On Friday afternoon, Pelion, Johnston, Florence, Pinopolis and Walterboro warmed to 90 degrees before a boundary of cooler air moved eastward across the state. Afternoon thunderstorms at Hemingway left 2.44 inches of rain and 1.80 inches at Givhans. Sunny, pleasant weather was observed on Saturday and Sunday. Bamberg reported a Saturday high temperature of just 84 degrees. On Sunday, both Florence and the Charleston peninsula also warmed to 84 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees above normal.


The highest official temperature reported was 94 degrees at Saluda on May 31. The lowest official temperature reported was 47 degrees at Caesars Head and Long Creek on June 2. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 5.05 inches at Bamberg ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 30. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.8 inches.


                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            0.28    15.06     -4.8
      Anderson AP            0.56    13.31     -5.5
      Columbia Metro AP      1.85    14.19     -2.7
    Orangeburg AP            3.97    16.12     -2.0
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.08    15.11     -2.2
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       1.70    10.84     -7.1
      Florence AP            2.08    18.76      3.0
N Myrtle Beach AP            1.32    12.22     -5.6
    Charleston AP            2.14    13.38     -3.4
  Savannah, GA AP            2.34    16.62     -0.2

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 77 degrees, Charleston 81 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at nearby Johnny Mercer Pier in Wrightsville Beach, NC were reported at 78 degrees.

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