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June 18 - June 24, 2012


Monday morning temperatures in the seasonal 60's preceded a full day of sunshine and afternoon high temperatures in the 80's. At 2:00 p.m., Florence reported sunny skies, 84 degrees with 42 percent relative humidity. Slowly climbing temperatures began on Tuesday under an intense and drying sun. Clinton, Shaw AFB and Saluda recorded 90 degrees. Chesterfield reported a shade observation of 95 degrees on the official start of summer Wednesday, and the Marlboro County Jetport noted the same value for Thursday. With the exception of Edisto Beach's seabreeze-cooling high temperature of 80 degrees, hot weather settled over most of inland South Carolina. The Hartsville AP recorded a Friday maximum temperature of 95 degrees. A brief convective storm over Chesnee left 0.76 inches of rain. Saturday's fourteen-plus hours of sun sent the mercury to 95 degrees at Little Mountain, Florence and McCormick. A weak boundary dropped south across the northern counties Saturday evening with scattered thunderstorms. Hartsville measured one of the heavier totals with 1.84 inches and Lake Wylie measured 1.78 inches. Sunday's weather included increased cloudiness over the southern counties from the expanding circulation of the Gulf of Mexico's Tropical Storm Debby and another evening of diurnal convection across the Upstate and Midlands. Heavy rains of over two inches caused local flooding in Camden. A CoCoRaHS volunteer observer near Summerton measured 5.98 inches in just over two hours. Sunday's cooler southeast winds only allowed N Myrtle Beach, Brookgreen Gardens and the Charleston Peninsula to reach 85 degrees. The Sandhill Experiment Station recorded an open pan evaporation water loss of 0.33 inches in 24-hours and averaged a loss of 0.25 inches on each of the seven days. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was near normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 96 degrees at Clarks Hill on June 22 and at Columbia's Hamilton-Owens AP, Barnwell, Johnston, Winnsboro and Hartsville on June 23. The lowest official temperature reported was 59 degrees at Long Creek on June 19. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.99 inches at McBee ending at 7:00 a.m. on June 24. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.3 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            0.20    16.24     -6.2
      Anderson AP            0.06    15.74     -5.5
      Columbia Metro AP      0.00    17.60     -2.7
    Orangeburg AP            1.39    20.08     -1.7
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.08    16.08     -4.0
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.00    13.29     -8.1
      Florence AP            0.83    20.97      1.9
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.00    14.36     -6.7
    Charleston AP            0.00    20.35     -0.3
  Savannah, GA AP            0.13    19.68     -1.3
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 80 degrees, Charleston 83 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 82 degrees.

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