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August 8, 2016 - August 14, 2016


Sub-tropical conditions held on for another late summer week in South Carolina. Thundershowers on Monday moved onshore in response to an area of low pressure over the Florida Panhandle. Dillon and Lake City both recorded a Monday high temperature of 94 degrees. Rainfall amounts taken on Tuesday morning included 1.59 inches at Pageland, 1.34 inches at Greenville and 1.30 inches at Mullins. Tuesday's weather brought more northwestward moving showers. At 2:00 p.m., radar indicated a nearly unbroken line of showers from Johnston to Georgetown. Rainfall totals of 1.04 inches were reported at McCormick, 0.55 inches in Orangeburg and 0.49 inches at the Charleston AP. The N Myrtle Beach AP sunrise temperature of 83 degrees on Wednesday morning was their warmest sunrise temperature since August 9, 2007. At noon on Wednesday, an arc of showers stretched from Charleston to near Chester. Mostly cloudy skies over the Greenville-Spartanburg AP prevented the usual daytime surface heating. Their high temperature of just 85 degrees was that locations "coolest" afternoon in six weeks. Kingstree received 1.04 inches of rain for the 24-hours ending at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. Andrews and Charleston both measured 0.93 inches, Whitmire reported 0.88 inches and 0.78 inches fell on McBee. The Thursday morning 8:00 a.m. relative humidity at Hartsville, Aiken, Newberry, Shaw AFB and Mt. Pleasant was 100 percent. "Ten minute" type showers on Friday drifted inland from the Atlantic waters bringing rainfall totals of 0.71 inches to Newberry and Saluda and 0.68 inches to Edisto Island. At 2:48 p.m., the Myrtle Beach Springmaid Pier surf water temperature climbed to a season high 87.8 degrees (31C). Clarks Hill reached 96 degrees on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning, Folly Beach noted a minimum temperature of just 84 degrees. Mostly sunny weather moved the afternoon temperature to 95 degrees at Kings Mt. NMP, Florence, Sandhill and Georgetown. A few isolated thundershowers passed over the central Savannah River leaving 1.18 inches of rain in McCormick, 0.53 inches in Calhoun Falls and 0.49 inches in Greenwood. High temperatures on Sunday reached 97 degrees at Rock Hill and Bennettsville. The Jocassee 8WNW NWS Cooperative observer in Oconee County (SCDNR Walhalla Fish Hatchery) reported a weekly rainfall of 6.12 inches while a distant McColl in Marlboro County received no measurable rain.

The highest official temperature reported was 98 degrees at Shaw AFB in Sumter on August 14. The lowest official temperature reported was 65 degrees at Sassafras Mt. on August 10. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.58 inches at the USGS Turkey Creek gage above Huger on August 10. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.5 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.45 18.00 -9.5
Greer AP 1.66 27.80 -2.3
Charlotte, NC AP 0.22 20.71 -5.6
Columbia Metro AP 0.74 22.03 -7.2
Orangeburg AP 0.80 22.46 -8.1
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.11 24.67 -4.0
Florence AP 0.16 32.72 5.0
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.03 23.50 -7.3
Charleston AP 1.47 31.50 0.0
Savannah, GA AP 0.34 33.60 2.8

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 83 degrees. Columbia 87 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 87 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 87 degrees.

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