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WEEKLY SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER 2012

July 30 - August 5, 2012

WEATHER SUMMARY:

Heavy rains formed over the Grand Strand coastal counties on Monday morning. The N Myrtle Beach AP measured 1.81 inches in just one hour. The North Inlet gage near Winyah Bay measured a 24-hour total of 2.59 inches and Socastee received 2.32 inches. Sunrise temperatures on Tuesday morning fell to 64 degrees at Ninety Nine Islands and 65 degrees at Pelion. Clusters of storms developed over the mountain communities, leaving 2.44 inches of rain at Hunts Bridge and 2.33 inches at Table Rock. Cloudy conditions along with rain kept the high temperature at the Greenville-Spartanburg AP to just 75 degrees. The rainfall range for July 2012 showed the greatest amount at Caesars Head with 15.13 inches to a least amount of 3.67 inches at Johnston. Wednesday's weather included a brief EF-0 rated tornado that touched down two miles west of Kiawah Island. The high temperature on Thursday reached 97 degrees at Chester, Clinton, Greenwood, Clarks Hill, Dillon and Kingstree. Towering thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon produced large, damaging hail over parts of the Lowcountry. Hailstones of 2.75 inches in diameter fell near Green Pond in Colleton County and near Givhans in Dorchester County. Walterboro measured one of the heavier rainfalls at 1.50 inches. Thunderstorms on Friday were concentrated over the Upstate. Table Rock received 2.02 inches giving them a four-day total of 4.42 inches. More tropical-like weather arrived on Saturday with a mix of sun and showers. Edisto Beach warmed to 88 degrees. Beginning late Sunday morning and into the afternoon hours, parts of Hampton County were soaked. A CoCoRaHS volunteer near Varnville reported 4.84 inches of rain. Lake City and Charleston City recorded a Sunday high temperature of 85 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 98 degrees at Winnsboro August 3. The lowest official temperature reported was 61 degrees at Caesars Head on August 1. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.80 inches at Travelers Rest ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 1. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.3 inches.

PRECIPITATION:

                                  Precipitation 
                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            2.07    21.29     -7.5
      Anderson AP            0.27    21.59     -4.8
      Columbia Metro AP      0.27    24.56     -3.1
    Orangeburg AP            0.79    27.81     -1.1
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.23    20.27     -4.8
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       1.46    15.98    -11.3
      Florence AP            1.23    26.95      0.8
N Myrtle Beach AP            2.26    22.02     -7.0
    Charleston AP            2.76    28.58     -1.0
  Savannah, GA AP            2.26    26.65     -2.2
                                       
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL:

4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 84 degrees, Charleston 84 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF:

South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 84 degrees.

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