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June 20, 2016 - June 26, 2016


The Summer Solstice was observed late Monday afternoon under mostly clear blue skies and with high temperatures slightly below the seasonal average. Chester, Little Mountain, Lake City and Summerville all recorded a maximum temperature of 88 degrees. South to southwest winds on Tuesday pushed the temperatures back to hot with 96 degrees at Table Rock State Park and Calhoun Falls. A quartering, ocean-sourced south wind at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach limited their water's edge high temperature to 80 degrees. Wilting heat was observed Wednesday into Saturday. Union reported 99 degrees on Wednesday. South Carolina's highest summit, Sassafras Mountain, recorded 85 degrees. Drying, west winds on Thursday meant no rain for thirsty topsoils. At 3:00 p.m., Lancaster and Darlington had reached 97 degrees. Wednesday's 24-hour open pan evaporation of 0.41 inches at Sandhill Experiment Station climbed even higher on Thursday to 0.42 inches. The mercury moved to 99 degrees on Friday at Greenwood, Johnston and Cades. A shallow boundary eased southward from North Carolina during the late afternoon hours with scattered thunderstorms. Winds gusted to 49 mph at the Santee Cooper Regional AP near Manning. Rainfall measurements, taken on Saturday morning, included 1.61 inches at Lake City, 1.60 inches at Myrtle Beach, 1.22 inches for Dillon and 0.53 inches at Marion and Mullins. Saturday's heat prevailed for those counties nearest to Georgia. Clemson AP and Beaufort both reported 99 degrees. Another round of late afternoon thundershowers affected the north Midlands and Pee Dee. The heaviest rains fell at Andrews (1.72 inches), Marion (1.42 inches) and at Florence AP (1.19 inches). On Sunday, northeast to east winds had finally progressed southward enough to bring noticeable relief for the southern counties. At 5:00 p.m., Folly Island CMAN instruments reported east winds at 11 knots and 81 degrees. Holly Hill, Charleston AP and Allendale all reported a Sunday "date average" high temperature of 90 degrees. The Anderson AP has received just 0.07 inches of rain this June with no measurable rain since June 5. Ware Shoals, Sandy Springs and Clinton are equally as dry with less than one-quarter of an inch of rain measured through June 26.

The highest official temperature reported was 103 degrees at Columbia Metro AP on June 24. The lowest official temperature reported was 46 degrees at Jocassee 8 WNW on June 20. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.93 inches at Mullins ending at 7:00 a.m. on June 26. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.1 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.00 15.57 -5.9
Greer AP 0.00 18.61 -4.1
Charlotte, NC AP 0.00 16.53 -3.7
Columbia Metro AP 0.00 16.26 -4.3
Orangeburg AP 0.07 16.07 -6.0
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.00 21.06 -0.6
Florence AP 1.24 24.35 5.0
N Myrtle Beach AP 1.12 17.95 -3.4
Charleston AP 0.00 23.55 2.5
Savannah, GA AP 0.00 28.95 7.5

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 80 degrees. Columbia 86 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 84 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 83 degrees.

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