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July 19, 2010 - July 25, 2010


Daily high temperatures near 100 degrees were common over the Midlands and Upstate all week. Any relief from diurnal-driven thunderstorms was pretty much limited to Wednesday and for locations south and east of Columbia. Orangeburg received 1.07 inches during the Wednesday rain, nearby Bamberg 1.03 inches and Bishopville 0.72 inches. There were many storm reports of high winds that downed trees. McCormick recorded a Wednesday high temperature of 102 degrees. Building high pressure and drying heat was observed into Sunday afternoon. On Friday, Calhoun Falls, Clinton and Johnston each reported 103 degrees. Little Mountain was one of the lucky few to get in on a cooling shower Friday with 0.25 inches in the rain gage. Hunts Bridge, near Travelers Rest, reported 101 degrees on Saturday. A single thunderstorm over Lake Wylie brought a welcomed 0.42 inches of rain on Saturday. Subsiding air meant more locations reaching the century mark on Sunday. It was 101 degrees in York, Laurens, Newberry and the Columbia Metro Airport. Thunderstorm cells entered the eastern Piedmont Sunday evening along a southeastward moving boundary. The heaviest rainfall amounts were concentrated over the north Midlands. Parts of eastern Fairfield County near Longtown received over two inches of rain and the Sandhill Research Station measured 1.25 inches of rain. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 105 degrees at the USC Campus in Columbia on July 25. The lowest official temperature reported was 69 degrees at Table Rock and Long Creek on July 21. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.20 inches at Lake Marion ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 19. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.3 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.00   24.26     -5.5
      Anderson           0.00   27.37      0.1
      Columbia           0.05   19.61     -9.1
    Orangeburg           1.56   24.75     -3.9
 Charlotte, NC           0.33   22.83     -2.2
   Augusta, GA           1.67   18.09     -8.6
      Florence           0.16   27.45      1.8
N Myrtle Beach           0.18   18.84     -5.0
    Charleston           1.18   34.66      6.2
  Savannah, GA           0.00   24.92     -2.8  


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 85 degrees, Charleston 88 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 81 degrees.

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