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May 30, 2016 - June 5, 2016


On Monday, a drifting and slow-exiting post-tropical cyclone Bonnie continued to bring rains across much of eastern South Carolina. Warming sunshine over the Upstate sent the temperature to 90 degrees at Greenville while a cloudy Moncks Corner only made it to 73 degrees. Darlington received 1.75 inches of rain. Varnville had accumulated a running four-day total of 9.10 inches. Partial sun combined with the humid, maritime air on Tuesday for afternoon thundershowers. A downpour between 4:45 and 5:45 p.m. produced 2.34 inches of rain in one hour along the Broad River near Gaffney. Kings Mountain NMP and Hilton Head Island both reported a Tuesday high temperature of 90 degrees. May rainfall ranged from a high of 9.28 inches in Bishopville to a low of 2.36 inches at Walhalla. The climatological summer began on Wednesday, June 1 with mostly sunny, sub-tropical conditions. Anderson, Orangeburg and Georgetown all reached 91 degrees. A late afternoon thunderstorm near Greer included one-inch diameter hail. The CoCoRaHS observer at Duncan measured heavy rains totaling 1.88 inches. Sassafras Mountain instruments (elevation 3,525 feet) recorded a mild 74 degrees on Thursday while a distant and near sea level Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station made it to 92 degrees. Slow-moving thundershowers brought Darlington 1.37 inches and 1.26 inches to Bishopville. Hot weather was observed on Friday and Saturday. Summerville and Walterboro reported 95 degrees on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning, Johns Island and Hilton Head Island reported a warm sunrise minimum temperature of 79 degrees. Bennettsville, Johnston and McCormick reached 95 degrees on Saturday afternoon. Thundershowers at McBee left 1.32 inches of rain and 1.03 inches fell at Chester. Storms on Sunday developed along the coastal plain with widely-spaced cells into the Upstate. The Charleston AP Sunday maximum temperature of 90 degrees occurred at 1:46 p.m. Unlike McColl's weekly rainfall total of 3.23 inches over four days, Spartanburg's weekly total of only 0.25 inches fell on one day.

The highest official temperature reported was 96 degrees at Clarks Hill, Columbia Metro AP and Jamestown on June 4 (state's highest temperature since September 4, 2015). The lowest official temperature reported was 52 degrees at Jocassee 8 WNW on May 30. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.51 inches at the USGS Broad River gage near Gaffney on May 31. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.9 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.16 15.57 -3.4
Greer AP 0.69 17.79 -2.3
Charlotte, NC AP 0.62 15.41 -2.2
Columbia Metro AP 0.19 14.11 -3.1
Orangeburg AP 1.53 15.82 -2.6
Augusta, GA Bush AP 1.78 20.39 2.1
Florence AP 1.27 22.26 6.1
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.28 15.95 -2.2
Charleston AP 0.47 20.79 3.7
Savannah, GA AP 1.93 24.60 7.5

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


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


South Carolina river stages were near normal. The Charleston Harbor Ravenel Bridge reported a water temperature of 82 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 80 degrees.

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