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August 4 - August 10, 2014


A nearly stationary boundary caused more rain for coastal counties on Monday. Florence warmed to 86 degrees but cooler air to the west and clouds to the east kept temperatures for most of the state well below the seasonal average. More sunshine on Tuesday helped Table Rock, Cheraw and Conway reach 88 degrees. Hot weather returned Wednesday with Barnwell and Bamberg reporting 95 degrees. On Thursday, thermometers at Saluda and the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station indicated afternoon high temperatures of 96 degrees. Batesburg and Hardeeville joined in the heat Friday at 96 degrees as groups of storms formed across the Midlands. At 8:15 p.m., southwest winds gusted to 60 mph at Columbia's Hamilton-Owens AP with 0.76 inches of rain falling in seven minutes. Johnston measured 1.97 inches of rain and Lake City received 1.92 inches. Saturday's storms produced deadly flash flooding for Greenville County. There were multiple CoCoRaHS volunteer rainfall measurements exceeding 6 inches. The Brushy Creek Old Spartanburg Road gage rose from a 1.57 foot stage at 8:00 p.m. to 13.41 feet (+11.84 feet) at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. This was the second highest stage in that location's twenty-one year history. Localized damage to personal property and roadway infrastructure was extensive. Heavy rainfall totals from NWS observers included 4.05 inches at Williamston, 3.46 inches at Liberty and 3.39 inches at Hunts Bridge. Flooding was not limited to the Upstate. Intense rains of 2.00 inches in thirty minutes (part of a 2.83-inch total) at the USC Campus in Columbia caused flash flooding downstream of the Five Points area on Rocky Branch Creek. The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station reported a 24-hour total of 3.59 inches. The Saturday high temperature at Clarks Hill and Walterboro was a humid 90 degrees. Cloudy, more stable weather was observed on Sunday for western sections with widely scattered showers still soaking the coastal plain. The Charleston AP measured 3.88 inches of rain on Sunday afternoon between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Shaw AFB in Sumter and Florence warmed to 82 degrees. Despite the spacious distribution of rains for the week, Fort Mill only measured a total of 0.12 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was one degree above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 98 degrees at Allendale on August 7. The lowest official temperature reported was 53 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on August 6. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 4.50 inches at Travelers Rest ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 10. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 2.1 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure
        Anderson AP            1.39    23.34      -3.6
           Greer AP            2.44    33.76       4.2
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.18    32.59       6.8
  Columbia Metro AP            4.29    27.97      -0.6
      Orangeburg AP            1.67    33.25       3.4
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.66    27.95      -0.1
        Florence AP            3.15    27.36       0.4 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.53    26.12      -3.9
      Charleston AP            4.99    34.08       3.4
    Savannah, GA AP            2.58    34.39       4.4



Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 79 degrees, Charleston 83 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were above normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 83 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 83 degrees.

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