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July 18, 2016 - July 24, 2016


Surface heating and July humidity combined for scattered thundershowers for much of the week. On Monday, Kings Mt. NMP and Saluda reached 96 degrees. Slow-moving storms brought Johnston 2.77 inches of rain and 1.44 inches to Edgefield. At 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, middle 90-degree heat was observed from Anderson to Beaufort with both locations at 95 degrees. A soaring thunderstorm over Springfield produced 1.75-inch diameter hailstones and 2.85 inches of rain. Weak steering from the northwest moved storm cells southeastward. Additional heavy rainfall totals taken on Wednesday morning included 2.38 inches at Shaw AFB, 2.24 inches at Galivant's Ferry, 2.20 inches at Darlington and 2.00 inches in downtown Myrtle Beach. Hilton Head Island and Beaufort recorded a Wednesday high temperature of 97 degrees. A shallow boundary arrived from the north on Thursday over the eastern Foothills and Piedmont with passing showers. The Sandhill Experiment Station received one of the heavier amounts with 1.10 inches of rain. Dillon made it to 95 degrees. Mostly sunny skies on Friday sent the mercury to 95 degrees at Greenville, Greenwood and Walterboro. Isolated thundershowers brought 1.56 inches of rain to Kings Mt. NMP and 1.69 inches to the Charleston AP. Afternoon temperatures on Saturday climbed to 96 degrees at Table Rock State Park and Orangeburg. Whitmire received Saturday's heaviest rain with a measured 1.36 inches. Rains at Saluda (0.44 inches) and at Chester (0.40 inches) brought timely relief to a hot and dry week. Temperatures on Sunday were back near 100 degrees. It was 99 degrees at Cedar Creek and Cades, 98 degrees at McEntire ANG AP and Calhoun Falls. Pickens, York, Clarks Hill and Cedar Creek reported no measurable rain during the week.

The highest official temperature reported was 100 degrees at McCormick and Clemson-Oconee AP on July 20 and at Columbia Metro AP on July 23. The lowest official temperature reported was 62 degrees at Sassafras Mt. on July 22 (5:38 p.m. in periods of heavy rain). The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.96 inches at the USGS gage on the Lynches River near Effingham (2.17 inches in 45 minutes) on July 20. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.7 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.46 16.78 -8.2
Greer AP 1.46 21.89 -5.0
Charlotte, NC AP 0.38 19.66 -3.8
Columbia Metro AP 0.23 18.07 -7.2
Orangeburg AP 0.00 19.53 -7.5
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.02 22.65 -2.9
Florence AP 1.95 30.92 6.9
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.52 21.66 -5.0
Charleston AP 2.66 28.21 1.2
Savannah, GA AP 1.03 30.84 4.5

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


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


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

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