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July 12, 2010 - July 18, 2010


On Monday afternoon beginning at 2:57 p.m., severe weather and minor damage was blamed on two weak tornadoes observed in Lancaster County and again at 4:35 p.m. near Oakland in Sumter County. Tropical weather conditions that included daily thunder and intense rainfalls affected the rest of the state. Street flooding was reported in Florence Monday evening and the Greer Airport recorded winds gusting to 51 mph. 2.65 inches of rain fell at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center. Thunderstorm cloud tops of 60-thousand feet contributed to Edgefield receiving 2.77 inches of rain. Two-inch rains fell at Sandhill, Manning, Rimini, Lake Wateree and Rock Hill. The Charleston Airport measured 2.73 inches of rain on Tuesday that resulted in local flooding. On both Tuesday and Wednesday, Sandy Run reached 96 degrees. The thermometers at Clinton and Newberry indicated 97 degrees on Thursday. Thursday's storm convection near the coast produced rainfall amounts of 2.20 inches at Andrews and 2.19 inches at N Myrtle Beach. The Columbia Airport measured 1.93 inches of rain within the core of a Thursday thunderstorm. Wet weather coverage extended into the Upstate on Friday with scattered storms. The Anderson Airport received 1.86 inches of rain. A wind gust of 51 mph was recorded at the Lake Marion Spillway at 9:41 p.m. on Saturday night and the Santee St. Paul site reported a rainfall amount of 1.89 inches. Scattered showers, some with thunder, formed over inland South Carolina on Sunday. Afternoon temperatures moderated slightly due to the added cloud cover but relative humidity values remained high. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 98 degrees at the USC Campus in Columbia on July 14. The lowest official temperature reported was 61 degrees at Jocassee on July 15. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.15 inches at the Turkey Creek gage in N Charleston ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 14. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.6 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.52   24.26     -4.4
      Anderson           3.25   27.37      0.9
      Columbia           3.51   19.56     -7.9
    Orangeburg           0.53   23.19     -4.3
 Charlotte, NC           1.75   22.50     -1.7
   Augusta, GA           0.49   16.42     -9.4
      Florence           1.71   27.29      2.8
N Myrtle Beach           2.30   18.66     -4.0
    Charleston           3.22   33.48      6.4
  Savannah, GA           0.68   24.92     -1.4  

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 82 degrees, Charleston 86 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 83 degrees.

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