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July 22 - July 28, 2013


A parcel of drier air entered the state on Monday. West winds helped the Georgetown and Charleston airports warm to 90 degrees. The Columbia Metro and Florence airports reached 92 degrees on Tuesday. Very isolated convection developed on Wednesday causing a few localized heavy rains. Chester received 1.15 inches and Rock Hill measured 0.96 inches. Unseasonably cool air visited the state on Thursday morning. Table Rock and Walhalla reported 65 degrees. Marion, Cheraw and Saluda cooled to 69 degrees. Interior sections enjoyed pleasant, late-July weather, while the mountains and coastal plain observed passing showers. The Friday morning low temperature at Darlington and Sumter fell to 68 degrees. More tropical air returned for the start of the weekend with numerous downpours. On Saturday morning, Pickens had received a 24-hour rainfall total of 1.95 inches. Torrential rains fell over Florence County on Saturday evening. Between 8:53 p.m. and 9:53 p.m., the Florence Regional AP measured 2.00 inches of a 4.10-inch total. An observer at nearby Evergreen measured 3.96 inches in two hours. There was extensive roadway flooding throughout the county. The Florence Regional AP July 2013, 28-day total of 13.17 inches became the second heaviest amount of record behind the 13.68 inches that fell during the entire month of July 1959. Other heavy rains on Saturday included 2.84 inches at the Kings Mt. State Park, 1.85 inches at Pageland and 1.72 inches at Bishopville. Most of South Carolina reported a partly sunny Sunday afternoon with temperatures in the upper 80's and lower 90's. The Greenville-Spartanburg AP Sunday high temperature of 87 degrees was a full 11 degrees cooler than on the same date in 2012. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was near the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 94 degrees at Charleston AP on July 25. The lowest official temperature reported was 61 degrees at Caesars Head on July 28. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 4.54 inches at Caesars Head ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 27. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.1 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
        Anderson AP            2.00    46.65     21.2
           Greer AP            0.83    46.99     19.5
   Charlotte, NC AP            1.44    33.42      9.5
  Columbia Metro AP            0.14    34.87      8.8
      Orangeburg AP            1.19    36.77      9.2
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.78    38.43     12.3
        Florence AP            4.50    40.28     15.6
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.01    35.39      8.0
      Charleston AP            0.18    40.59     12.7
    Savannah, GA AP            1.16    36.57      9.4

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 82 degrees, Charleston 83 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were above normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 83 degrees.

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