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July 14, 2008 - July 20, 2008


Monday's eastward moving boundary set off scattered thunderstorms from the Midlands to the coast. Localized flooding was reported in Berkeley County. The feature became nearly stationary on Tuesday with the focus of stormy weather along the beaches. Ft. Moultrie, on Sullivans Island, measured a rainfall total of 1.93 inches. Behind the boundary, morning low temperatures cooled into the lower 60's across the Piedmont into the Upstate. Locations away from the immediate coast observed sunny, warm weather. A tropical low pressure area off Florida's east coast was upgraded to a depression Friday before being classified Tropical Storm Cristobal on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., located approximately 100 miles east of Charleston. Most of the expected heavy rains remained offshore as it passed northeast Sunday. Myrtle Beach reported peak winds of 29 mph. Hot, dry air, drawn into the departing wake of Cristobal sent temperatures on Sunday to 100 degrees at several locations over central South Carolina. The state average temperature for the period was near normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 101 degrees at Clinton and Saluda on July 20. The lowest official temperature reported was 57 degrees at Lake Bowen on the morning of July 15. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.60 inches at Edisto Beach ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 17. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.3 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.00   18.80    -10.2
      Columbia           0.00   20.31     -7.5
    Orangeburg           0.34   21.06     -6.7
 Charlotte, NC           0.00   20.18     -4.2          	
   Augusta, GA           0.00   19.22     -6.8
      Florence           0.23   22.59     -2.2
N Myrtle Beach           1.56   25.57      2.6
    Charleston           1.05   21.30     -6.1
  Savannah, GA           1.37   19.24     -7.5


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 82 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 84 degrees.

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