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June 30 - July 6, 2014


At noon on Monday, a thundershower at Anderson AP produced an observation of heavy rain yet the total amount was only 0.36 inches. Heavier rainfalls at McEntire ANG AP near Eastover left 1.58 inches and the Orangeburg AP measured 1.53 inches. June 2014 ended with a thirty-day rainfall range of 8.49 inches at Caesars Head and 0.98 inches at Florence Regional AP. As usual, July started hot and dry. Winnsboro, Bennettsville and Allendale reported a Tuesday afternoon high temperature of 95 degrees. More humidity joined the heat on Wednesday as afternoon temperatures reached 97 degrees at Anderson, Johnston and Florence. The season's first named tropical system moved closer to the southern offshore waters from Florida on Wednesday night. Tropical Storm Arthur brought Charleston its first bands of rain at around 4:00 a.m. on Thursday. Arthur was upgraded to a Hurricane at 5:00 a.m. at approximately 160 miles south of Myrtle Beach and moving north. At 8:50 a.m., Folly Beach reported north-northeast winds gusting to 37 mph and large breakers rolling ashore. Although much of the hurricane's energy remained well out to sea, east winds at 11:18 a.m. gusted to 42 mph at Grand Strand AP in N Myrtle Beach and brought blowing rains of over two inches to portions of Horry County. National Data Buoy instruments placed the hurricane's closest approach to South Carolina at 55 nautical miles. N Myrtle Beach AP (KCRE) measured a minimum barometric pressure of 29.65 inches of mercury at 4:53 p.m. Springmaid Pier recorded a peak tidal rise of 1.7 feet above the predicted value. At nearly the same time of Hurricane Arthur's offshore passing, strong thunderstorms produced 1.75-inch hail at Belton in Anderson County and an arc of thunderstorms formed from Allendale County north into Greenville County. The Greenville Downtown AP measured a soaking 1.99 inches and Newberry reported a rain of 1.11 inches. Dry, continental air replaced the tropical conditions on Friday, July 4. Walterboro warmed to 92 degrees on Friday afternoon and cooled to 68 degrees on Saturday morning. Humidity values for most of inland South Carolina fell by around ten percent. Hartsville and Sullivan's Island noted a Saturday high temperature of 86 degrees. Unsettled weather lingered for the southernmost counties for Saturday evening and overnight. The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station reported 0.96 inches of thunderstorm rain in one hour just before sunrise on Sunday morning. CoCoRaHS volunteer observers at southeastern Johns Island and Folly Beach reported torrential rains on Sunday afternoon that exceeded six inches. Partly sunny skies at Walhalla, Sumter's Shaw AFB and Darlington helped each warm to a Sunday high temperature of 88 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was one degree above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 98 degrees at Saluda, Barnwell and Columbia Metro AP on July 2. The lowest official temperature reported was 55 degrees at Long Creek and Chesnee on July 5. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.25 inches at N Myrtle Beach AP on July 3. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.4 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure
        Anderson AP            0.39    18.65      -4.2
           Greer AP            0.80    23.40      -0.7
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.14    25.78       4.5
  Columbia Metro AP            0.40    20.47      -1.7
      Orangeburg AP            1.76    25.97       2.1
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.00    21.13      -1.9
        Florence AP            0.02    18.36      -2.5 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            2.25    17.86      -5.2
      Charleston AP            0.16    21.00      -2.2
    Savannah, GA AP            0.01    27.44       4.2

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 83 degrees, Charleston 81 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 83 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 81 degrees.

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