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June 29 - July 5, 2015


Daybreak temperatures on Monday morning cooled to 58 degrees at Union and 61 degrees at Lugoff and Hartsville. At 2:00 p.m., both airports in Columbia reported 88 degrees and just 31 percent relative humidity. Marion, Shaw AFB and Allendale all reached a Monday maximum temperature of 90 degrees. Hot weather and storms returned on Tuesday afternoon for much of inland South Carolina. Early afternoon heat sent the mercury to 95 degrees at Florence and Orangeburg, while Folly Beach vacationers enjoyed a 4:00 p.m. 82 degrees and south winds steady at 18 knots. Strong storms began at the same time from Edgefield into Richland County. Storms in Aiken brought 2.25 inches of rain in just 30 minutes and elevated instruments atop Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia measured a wind gust of 80 mph. McEntire ANG AP near Eastover measured winds gusting to 56 mph. The Cheraw Municipal AP reported a 16-degree temperature fall in 20 minutes from thunderstorms that cancelled the heat. The June 2015 rainfall ranged from a high of 10.25 inches at Summerville to a low of 1.83 inches at Winnsboro. Bamberg had an 11 consecutive day run of 100 degrees or higher from June 14-24. Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Beaufort all reached 88 degrees on a mostly sunny Wednesday, July 1. The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station was Thursday's warmest location with 95 degrees. Evening storms brought high winds and intense rains. The FAA tower at Columbia Metro AP recorded a peak wind of 52 mph. A USGS gage at the Saluda DOT measured 1.69 inches of rain in one hour. Fort Sumter measured winds gusting to 49 mph and the Hilton Head AP reported 0.90 inches of rain in 20 minutes. Other notable rains included 1.88 inches at Crabtree Swamp (Horry County), 1.75 inches at Darlington, 1.73 inches at Barnwell and 1.61 inches at Charleston AP. Most of the unsettled weather on Friday was observed across the southern coastal counties. At 2:45 p.m., Charleston AP measured a wind gust of 62 mph. Nearby Summerville reported one of the heavier rains at 0.66 inches. Clouds and occasional light showers took up much of Saturday's July 4 holiday afternoon and evening. The Georgetown AP noted the holiday's highest temperature at 92 degrees. Table Rock State Park and Greenwood both recorded a Saturday high temperature of 83 degrees. Walterboro's early evening celebrations were interrupted by thunderstorms and 0.76 inches of rain. Temperatures on Sunday warmed to a humid 92 degrees at Lake City and Bishopville. A convective downpour over Cedar Creek in northern Richland County left 2.57 inches of rain. Although the Greenville-Spartanburg AP observed "raindrops" on six of the seven days in the period, only 0.11 inches were measurable. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was one degree below the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 96 degrees at Winnsboro and Bamberg on June 30. The lowest official temperature reported was 48 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW (Walhalla Fish Hatchery) on June 30. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.73 inches at Aiken ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 1. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.5 inches.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 2.09 19.98 -2.7
Greer AP 0.11 21.71 -2.2
Charlotte, NC AP 0.07 17.44 -3.8
Columbia Metro AP 2.18 26.00 4.0
Orangeburg AP 3.50 22.31 -1.4
Augusta, GA Bush AP 2.06 20.78 -2.1
Florence AP 1.28 19.70 -1.0
N Myrtle Beach AP 1.21 24.43 1.5
Charleston AP 1.95 24.81 1.8
Savannah, GA AP 1.64 24.60 1.6

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 80 degrees, Charleston 82 degrees.


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

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