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August 6 - August 12, 2012


Thundershower coverage increased on Monday as deep tropical moisture overspread the state. During the 24 hours ending Tuesday morning, Gray Court measured 3.41 inches of rain, Longtown 3.35 inches, the Jocassee Dam 3.08 inches and Aiken 2.99 inches. The wet weather continued on Tuesday. A CoCoRaHS volunteer, 5.1 miles northwest of Bluffton, measured 5.60 inches of rain. Pelion reported a 24-hour rain of 1.70 inches and Adams Run measured 1.56 inches. At 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the relative humidity reached 100 percent at McEntire ANG AP, Darlington, Rock Hill, Summerville and Johns Island. More stable weather was observed during the daylight hours of Wednesday with only a few isolated storms and near-seasonal temperatures. On Thursday morning, the temperature cooled to 68 degrees at Pickens, Clinton, Sandhill, Aiken and Shaw AFB. Inland locations observed stormy weather on Thursday afternoon and evening. Lake Greenwood was under a deluge that left 3.05 inches of rain. Anderson measured 2.75 inches and Aiken received 2.50 inches. Bamberg and Barnwell warmed to an afternoon high temperature of 92 degrees while the coastal sites of Edisto Beach and N Myrtle Beach recorded 86 degrees. At 1:56 p.m. on Friday, Charleston reported southwest winds of 28 mph, gusting to 32 mph. Isolated thundershowers brought Newberry 1.35 inches of rain and 1.10 inches to Jamestown. Sunny, humid conditions were observed over the weekend with scattered storms more numerous on Saturday. Pinopolis and Beaufort reported a Saturday high temperature of 91 degrees. Hemingway, Givhans, Conway and Clarks Hill each received Saturday rainfall amounts of just over two inches. Mostly sunny skies on Sunday warmed West Pelzer, Winnsboro, Hartsville and Walterboro to 88 degrees. Impressive seven-day rainfall totals included 9.40 inches at Aiken, 8.62 inches at Table Rock and 6.22 inches at Allendale. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was one degree below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 94 degrees at Columbia Metro AP and Aiken on August 6 and at Clarks Hill on August 8. The lowest official temperature reported was 58 degrees at Long Creek on August 12. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 4.26 inches at Hunts Bridge ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 7. The state average rainfall for the period was 3.2 inches.


                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            4.59    25.88     -4.0
      Anderson AP            5.37    26.96     -0.3
      Columbia Metro AP      6.00    30.56      1.7
    Orangeburg AP            1.82    29.65     -0.5
 Charlotte, NC AP            2.10    22.37     -3.7
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       5.80    21.78     -6.6
      Florence AP            1.51    28.46      1.1
N Myrtle Beach AP            2.27    24.29     -6.1
    Charleston AP            1.16    29.74     -1.3
  Savannah, GA AP            2.90    29.55     -0.8
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 82 degrees, Charleston 84 degrees.


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

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