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WEEKLY SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER 2015

July 20 - July 26, 2015

WEATHER SUMMARY:

Monday's seabreeze phenomena at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach and Folly Beach kept their afternoon high temperature to a pleasant 85 degrees while at the same time, triple-digit-heat baked inland counties. Johnston recorded 102 degrees and it was 101 degrees in nearby Saluda. Tuesday's sunlight arrived at a low temperature of just 81 degrees at Myrtle Beach, Johns Island and Hilton Head Island. Sauna-like conditions were observed throughout the coastal zones. At 3:55 p.m., the Georgetown AP reported 97 degrees over a dewpoint of 81 degrees, yielding a heat index value of 119 degrees. Winds gusted to 71 mph in a thunderstorm at the Isle of Palms Pier. Afternoon high temperatures climbed to 102 degrees at Shaw AFB in Sumter and 101 degrees at Aiken and Lake City. Some low-level drying entered the state on Wednesday. At 4:00 p.m., the Columbia Metro AP noted 99 degrees and 25 percent relative humidity. The 7:06 p.m. surf water temperature under Springmaid Pier moved to a season high value of 87.3 degrees. A mid-summer sun on Thursday sent the afternoon temperature to 101 degrees at Jamestown and 100 degrees at Moncks Corner AP. Thursday's scattered afternoon and evening thundershowers brought needed relief to drying soils. Walterboro's 4:35 p.m. thunderstorm dropped the 99-degree temperature to 82 degrees in twenty minutes. Rainfall amounts measured on Friday morning included 1.42 inches at Bishopville, 1.36 inches at Hartsville, 1.15 inches at Chesterfield and 0.94 inches at Fountain Inn. A CoCoRaHS observer at Pawley's Island measured a downpour of 3.73 inches. Thanks to a cloud cover, Orangeburg's Friday high temperature of 87 degrees was 13 degrees cooler than the day before. The South Carolina Friday highest temperature of 91 degrees at Columbia and Jamestown made it the state's "lowest" high temperature in three weeks. A break in the heat was quite noticeable on a mostly sunny Saturday as maximum temperatures eased to near or slightly below the date's average. Darlington and Orangeburg reported a Saturday high temperature of 91 degrees. The Saturday 14-day running total for open pan evaporation at Sandhill reached 5.87 inches. On Sunday morning, Conway and Kingstree cooled to 63 degrees. At 5:00 p.m., it was 96 degrees at Columbia, 95 degrees at McEntire ANG AP near Eastover and 94 degrees at Shaw AFB in Sumter with each location at a relative humidity value of 29 percent. Greenwood and Calhoun Falls measured no rain during the week and only 0.01 inches fell on Greenville. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 103 degrees at Columbia Metro AP on July 22 (5:09 p.m.). The lowest official temperature reported was 59 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on July 22. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.62 inches at McBee ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 24. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.4 inches.

PRECIPITATION:

  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.14 21.54 -3.7
Greer AP 0.01 22.20 -5.0
Charlotte, NC AP 0.21 18.35 -5.4
Columbia Metro AP 0.04 26.15 0.5
Orangeburg AP 0.55 23.97 -3.3
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.08 20.94 -4.9
Florence AP 0.51 21.92 -2.4
N Myrtle Beach AP 1.04 26.95 -0.1
Charleston AP 2.67 30.63 3.2
Savannah, GA AP 1.26 28.25 1.5

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.

SOIL:

4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 87 degrees, Charleston 85.

RIVERS AND SURF:

South Carolina river stages were below normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 85 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 84 degrees.

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