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July 13, 2009 - July 19, 2009


A weak cold front eased through the state on Monday, but not before localized thunderstorms produced flooding rains over the city of Georgetown. Table Rock cooled to 62 degrees on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, the mercury reached 95 degrees at Camden. Thunderstorm coverage increased on Thursday with a 53 mph wind gust reported at Pineville and 1.77 inches of rain falling at Little Mountain. The week's second boundary of cooler, drier air rolled southeastward through the state on Friday evening. Golf ball-sized hailstones (1.75-inch diameter) fell over parts of Aiken and Kershaw counties in passing storms. The Myrtle Beach International Airport observed a refreshing change in the Saturday dewpoint temperature minimum of 64 degrees over the Friday maximum dewpoint temperature of a "steamy" 81 degrees. During the 24-hours from Saturday to Sunday morning, the Sandhill location measured an open pan evaporation water loss of 0.45 inches. Near record cold temperatures were reported across central and western counties on Sunday morning. Saluda, Little Mountain and Johnston all recorded a late September-like 58 degrees. Sunny, warm weather ended the week over much of inland South Carolina while lingering, high clouds remained at the coast. The state average temperature for the period was two degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 97 degrees at Columbia Metropolitan Airport and at Columbia Owens Airport on July 16. The lowest official temperature reported was 55 degrees at Long Creek on July 19. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.60 inches at Andrews ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 14. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.6 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.71   25.82     -3.0
      Columbia           0.41   20.44     -7.2
    Orangeburg           1.25   27.47     -0.1
 Charlotte, NC           0.01   26.48      2.2
   Augusta, GA           0.26   23.45     -2.5
      Florence           0.60   22.82     -1.8
N Myrtle Beach           1.78   19.72     -3.1
    Charleston           0.59   27.56      0.3
  Savannah, GA           0.97   30.67      4.1   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 81 degrees, Charleston 84 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at the Edisto Buoy were reported at 82 degrees.

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