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June 8, 2009 - June 14, 2009


Thunderstorm activity increased during the work week and usually followed the peak heating of the day. Wednesday's storm event over the Columbia Airport included a rainfall intensity rate of 0.76 inches in seven minutes. On that same day, it was 95 degrees in Manning, Givhans and Pritchardville. The Pineville anemometer measured winds gusting to 59 mph. Violent storms developed Thursday evening beneath 55,000 foot-high thunder clouds. Radar indicated convective cells moving east at 55 mph across the Upstate. At 4:45 p.m., the Greer NWS office registered a peak wind of 76 mph. Funnel clouds were seen in Berkeley, Dorchester, Charleston and Sumter counties. High winds and frequent cloud to ground lightning were blamed for power disruptions and property damage. On Friday, much of the Lowcountry experienced middle 90-degree heat and high humidity values. At 5:50 p.m., an isolated storm over Eadytown produced a wind gust of 69 mph. The Ft. Moultrie rain gage received 2.00 inches of rain. The Hilton Head AP measured a violent wind of 92 mph during an apparent downburst at an estimated time of 10:45 p.m., Friday night. There were widespread reports of downed trees within Beaufort County. Most of the state observed seasonal weather over the weekend with afternoon high temperatures close to 90 degrees and early morning temperatures near 70 degrees. Storm coverage was described as isolated on both Saturday and Sunday. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 96 degrees at Lake Wateree on June 9 and at Givhans on June 14. The lowest official temperature reported was 60 degrees at Caesars Heads on June 12. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.28 inches at Galivants Ferry ending at 7:00 a.m. on June 10. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.8 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.25   23.33     -0.6
      Columbia           2.40   19.03     -2.4
    Orangeburg           0.16   21.65      0.2
 Charlotte, NC           0.42   23.70      3.5
   Augusta, GA           0.25   20.85     -0.3
      Florence           0.51   16.19     -2.9
N Myrtle Beach           3.10   15.97     -1.7
    Charleston           1.54   19.96     -0.3
  Savannah, GA           0.24   26.45      6.6   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 79 degrees, Charleston 83 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. Ocean water temperatures at the Edisto Buoy were reported at 81 degrees.

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