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July 13 - July 19, 2015


Shortly after Dillon had reached a Monday afternoon high temperature of 99 degrees, strong thunderstorms moved southeastward into the town of Longs. In the hour ending at 5:15 p.m., one-inch hail fell along with 2.98 inches of rain. Other rainfall measurements taken on Tuesday morning included 1.72 inches at McBee, 1.64 inches at Quinby and 1.40 inches at N Myrtle Beach AP. Tuesday's umbrella of clouds over the Upstate only allowed Sandy Springs to reach 84 degrees while a distant and sunny Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station recorded 95 degrees. Localized thundershowers brought 0.69 inches of rain to Walhalla and 0.34 inches to the Clemson AP and Edisto Beach. Seasonally hot conditions were observed on Wednesday and through the weekend. At 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, both airports in Columbia reported 96 degrees. Isolated thundershowers brought some relief to the coastal plain. Slightly drier and cooler air entered the southern Piedmont and northern Midlands overnight helping to briefly interrupt the usual early morning warmth. Cedar Creek noted a pleasing 66 degrees. Greenwood and Saluda reported a minimum of 69 degrees. Walterboro's sunrise temperature at a mild 71 degrees moved to a Thursday afternoon value of 99 degrees. A CoCoRaHS volunteer at Bluffton measured a drenching 2.55 inches. Summerville reported Friday's highest temperature at 96 degrees. Stormy weather joined the heat on Saturday. A thunderstorm over the Columbia Hamilton-Owens AP caused a twenty-degree temperature fall in one hour. Sandhill's 100 degrees was Saturday's hottest location. At 6:09 p.m., runway instruments at the Anderson County AP recorded a wind gust of 67 mph and a rainfall of 1.45 inches. Between 6:05 and 6:35 p.m., a Richland County Emergency Services rain gage near the headwaters of Gill's Creek measured 2.28 inches that caused flash flooding within Forest Acres. Sunday morning twenty-four-hour rainfall totals included 1.81 inches at Fountain Inn, 1.60 inches at Caesars Head, 1.57 inches at Longtown and 1.23 inches at Bishopville. On Sunday afternoon, Union simmered at 100 degrees. Clinton and Darlington shared a high temperature of 99 degrees. The Charleston AP measured a thunderstorm-produced wind gust of 54 mph at 4:30 p.m. and 1.36 inches of rain in 34 minutes. The Columbia Metro AP average high temperature for the week was 98.3 degrees. Neither McColl nor Barnwell reported any measurable rain during the week. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 102 degrees at Little Mountain on July 19. The lowest official temperature reported was 62 degrees at Sassafras Mt. on July 16. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.10 inches at Sandhill Experiment Station ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 19. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.8 inches.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 1.35 21.40 -3.0
Greer AP 0.41 22.19 -3.9
Charlotte, NC AP 0.65 18.14 -4.7
Columbia Metro AP 0.11 26.11 1.7
Orangeburg AP 0.92 23.42 -2.8
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.08 20.86 -4.0
Florence AP 1.52 21.41 -1.7
N Myrtle Beach AP 1.43 25.91 0.3
Charleston AP 3.02 27.96 2.0
Savannah, GA AP 1.64 27.09 1.6

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 86 degrees, Charleston (No Report).


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 86 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 84 degrees.

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