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August 2, 2010 - August 8, 2010


Bennettsville, Loris and Dillon all reported Monday morning low temperatures of 68 degrees. The 80-degree high temperature at Pickens was their lowest high temperature since May 31. During the early morning hours on Tuesday, nearly stationary heavy rains fell over parts of Greenwood, Saluda and Edgefield counties. Rainfall rates reached 1.97 inches in just 45 minutes at Edgefield. Hot weather returned on Wednesday and continued into the weekend. Clarks Hill recorded 97 degrees on Wednesday afternoon. The Anderson Airport also noted 97 degrees on Thursday. Chester measured 2.04 inches of rain from Thursday's storms, Hemingway 1.72 inches and the Clemson airport 1.36 inches. Strong thunderstorms on Friday, ahead of a fontal boundary, produced a 61 mph wind gust at the Charleston Airport and 4.97 inches of rain between 5:00 p.m. and midnight. A weak, short-path, EF0 tornado affected an area 5 miles northeast of Branchville. Johnston, Bamberg and Barnwell all recorded Friday high temperatures of 98 degrees. On Saturday, the thermometers at Pelion, Lake Wateree and Batesburg indicated a high temperature of 95 degrees. A wind direction change and increased mixing of the air lowered temperatures a few degrees on Sunday. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 99 degrees at McCormick on August 5. The lowest official temperature reported was 62 degrees at Long Creek on August 2. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 6.52 inches at Edgefield USGS ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 4. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.1 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.28   28.50     -3.3
      Anderson           0.38   28.29     -0.7
      Columbia           2.01   25.32     -5.9
    Orangeburg           0.68   27.40     -3.8
 Charlotte, NC           1.12   24.57     -2.2
   Augusta, GA           0.42   21.99     -6.6
      Florence           1.13   30.30      2.1
N Myrtle Beach           2.62   24.87     -1.4
    Charleston           4.98   40.86      9.5
  Savannah, GA           0.64   26.14     -4.7  


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 84 degrees, Charleston 85 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at the Johnny Mercer Pier, Wrightsville Beach, NC were reported at 85 degrees.

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