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June 11 - June 17, 2012


Tropical-sourced rains fell over much of the state on Monday. The Lake Greenwood observer measured 3.40 inches. At 5:21 p.m., an EF1 rated tornado touched down seven miles south of Ridgeland with a four mile path that felled hundreds of trees. On Tuesday morning, the rain gage at Summerville held 2.70 inches. Hunts Bridge reported a 24-hour rainfall of 2.47 inches and the McEntire ANG AP reported 2.28 inches. Both Walterboro and Columbia noted "heavy rain" at 10:00 a.m. Where there was a high overhead amount of sun, the mercury reached 88 degrees at the Greenville-Spartanburg AP, Saluda and Hardeeville. Thundershowers at Mullins left 2.31 inches of rain and 2.13 inches at the Charleston AP. Barnwell and Bamberg warmed to 91 on Wednesday afternoon. Thundershowers at Clemson brought a rainfall amount of 2.12 inches, and 1.40 inches fell at Conway. At 8:20 p.m., instruments at the Lake Thurmond Dam measured a storm gust of 46 mph. Slow-clearing began from the west on Thursday as cool, dry air entered the state. On Friday afternoon, Florence recorded a high temperature of just 83 degrees. Temperatures on Saturday morning dropped as low as 56 degrees at Chesnee and 63 degrees at Walterboro. Sunday started more like an early fall day with 55 degrees at Rock Hill, Johnston, Dillon and Conway. At 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, the Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter reported partly sunny skies, 82 degrees and a relative humidity value of 35 percent. During the first two weeks of June, Givhans Ferry measured 10.85 inches of rain. Columbia reported the coolest first two weeks of June in twenty years. Corn fields across the south Midlands were described as looking so good as to be "fake." The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 92 degrees at Clarks Hill on June 12. The lowest official temperature reported was 53 degrees at Cedar Creek on June 17. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.90 inches at Givhans ending at 7:00 a.m. on June 12. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.3 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            0.32    16.04     -5.5
      Anderson AP            0.55    15.68     -4.8
      Columbia Metro AP      1.35    17.60     -1.5
    Orangeburg AP            0.57    18.69     -1.8
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.29    16.00     -3.2
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.63    13.29     -6.9
      Florence AP            1.14    20.14      2.1
N Myrtle Beach AP            1.76    14.36     -5.6
    Charleston AP            4.75    20.35      1.1
  Savannah, GA AP            1.21    19.55      0.0
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 78 degrees.

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