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July 25, 2011 - July 31, 2011


Bamberg and Allendale reported a Monday high temperature of 101 degrees at the same time heavy rains were developing along an area of convergence at the beaches. In the darkness of Tuesday morning, rainfall rates at the E Cooper Regional AP were recorded at 2.63 inches in 20 minutes and part of 5.20 inches in only one hour. N Inlet, near Winyah Bay Georgetown, measured 4.57 inches. Orangeburg's 1:00 p.m. Monday temperature of 96 degrees fell to a cloudy 81-degree temperature at the same hour on Tuesday. The Tuesday maximum temperatures at Florence (87) and at Charleston (84) were their "lowest" high temperatures since May 27. A Charleston National Weather Service Spotter measured a rainfall event total of 7.75 inches at Kiawah Island from nearly stationary convection on Wednesday morning. By Thursday morning, Edisto Beach had received a multi-day total of 6.25 inches. Hot, humid weather was observed through the weekend. Chester and Sandy Springs recorded Friday high temperatures of 101 degrees. Pinopolis reached 102 degrees on Saturday. A frontal boundary moved southeast into the state Sunday afternoon and up against the tropical character of late July's weather. Clusters of lightning-filled storms brought localized heavy rain to parts of the north Midlands and Pee Dee. July 2011 rainfall totals ranged from 0.82 inches at Chesnee to 11.67 inches at Edisto Beach. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 103 degrees at Cades on July 30. The lowest official temperature reported was 59 degrees at Jocassee on July 29. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 6.63 inches at the E Cooper Regional AP at Mount Pleasant on July 26. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.5 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           2.20   27.77     -2.9
      Anderson           0.00   20.18     -7.8
      Columbia           2.20   24.45     -5.3
    Orangeburg           3.77   23.18     -6.6
 Charlotte, NC           1.66   24.00     -1.8
   Augusta, GA           0.89   22.33     -5.2
      Florence           1.34   18.77     -8.0
N Myrtle Beach           1.90   19.10     -5.8
    Charleston           2.11   21.50     -8.2
  Savannah, GA           2.32   23.39     -5.6

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 82 degrees.

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