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July 27, 2009 - August 2, 2009


Tall thunderstorm cells produced golf ball-sized hail near Brunson in Hampton County on Monday. Kingstree measured 2.32 inches of rain during Monday's storms and Pritchardville reported 1.97 inches. Afternoon high temperatures reached 96 degrees at Calhoun Falls Tuesday and 97 degrees at Camden on Wednesday. Bluffton reported numerous toppled trees from high winds during a strong storm on Wednesday. Tropical weather conditions were observed on Thursday and Friday and the majority of rain events seemed to shift over to the eastern half of the state. At 4:40 p.m. Thursday, National Weather Service instruments recorded a peak thunderstorm wind gust of 56 mph at the Santee Dam. Ft. Moultrie recorded a high temperature Friday of 96 degrees and nearby Walterboro received 1.40 inches of rain. At the end of July, Andrews, in Georgetown County, had received 8.54 inches of rain while the Anderson County Airport had only received 0.74 inches. Limited sunshine and milder temperatures were the result of increased cloudiness over the weekend. Showers and occasional storms were observed into Sunday night. Pritchardville, in Beaufort County, reported a weekly rainfall total of 5.50 inches. The state average temperature for the period was near normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 100 degrees at Johnston on July 28. The lowest official temperature reported was 60 degrees at Long Creek on July 27. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.48 inches at Bennettsville ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 31. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.4 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.53   26.62     -4.3
      Columbia           0.95   25.17     -5.0
    Orangeburg           0.43   28.03     -2.1
 Charlotte, NC           1.71   29.20      3.2
   Augusta, GA           1.50   25.00     -2.8
      Florence           1.99   24.83     -2.3
N Myrtle Beach           1.45   23.09     -2.2
    Charleston           3.19   31.48      1.4
  Savannah, GA           4.06   35.67      6.3   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 82 degrees, Charleston 85 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at the Edisto Buoy were reported at 83 degrees.

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