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August 4, 2008 - August 10, 2008


Afternoon high temperatures climbed to their highest level since the second week of June. 100-degree heat was observed Tuesday through Thursday from the Foothills to the southern coast. Hunts Bridge, located near Travelers Rest, recorded a 104 degree maximum temperature on Wednesday. A cold front overspread the state during the day on Thursday colliding with the mid-summer airmass and causing violent, hail-producing clusters of thunderstorms. Cloud tops above Jasper and Beaufort counties reached 65 thousand feet. The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station measured winds gusting to 69 mph at 4:14 p.m. Funnel clouds were observed at both Ridgeland and Ladson. A very noticeable absence of heat and humidity was evident Friday and through most of the weekend. Sunrise temperatures on Saturday cooled into the upper 50's and middle 60's. An area of light showers formed overnight Saturday across central counties giving way to mostly sunny conditions on Sunday. The state average temperature for the period was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 105 degrees at Columbia USC on August 6. The lowest official temperature reported was 56 degrees at Cheraw on the morning of August 9. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.98 inches at McEntire ANG AP ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 8. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.4 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.04   21.32    -10.7
      Columbia           1.77   23.66     -7.9
    Orangeburg           0.97   23.66     -7.9
 Charlotte, NC           0.00   21.39     -5.6          	
   Augusta, GA           0.12   22.10     -6.8
      Florence           0.44   26.07      NA
N Myrtle Beach           0.16   28.81      2.2
    Charleston           0.09   22.02     -9.6
  Savannah, GA           1.57   25.36     -5.9


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 84 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 85 degrees.

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