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August 9, 2010 - August 15, 2010


Late summer heat combined with high humidity to create sultry weather conditions for all of South Carolina. Anderson, located in the western corner of the state, and Jamestown, located just inland and along the central coast, both reported Monday high temperatures of 95 degrees. Patchy fog was observed Tuesday morning before clearing blue skies returned for the remainder of the day. On Wednesday morning, the low temperature at Edisto Beach only fell to 83 degrees. A 100-degree high temperature was reported at Clarks Hill on Wednesday and at Johnston on Thursday. Thunderstorm coverage began increasing Thursday evening and continued into Sunday night. The Spartanburg Memorial Airport recorded a storm wind gust of 53 mph on Thursday afternoon at 3:55 p.m. The Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek noted a 50-mph gust during a thunderstorm on Friday. The tropical airmass contributed to torrential downpours over parts of the Upstate. Table Rock received 3.95 inches of rain. Another round of heavy rains on Saturday left 3.40 inches in the gage at Clinton. Flooding rains fell across the central and southern coast on Sunday. Bennetts Point received 5.04 inches and the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station measured 7.73 inches over the three calendar-day weekend. Sunday's clouds and passing showers resulted in a general lowering of afternoon high temperatures by ten degrees or more. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 101 degrees at Lake Wateree and Johnston on August 13. The lowest official temperature reported was 62 degrees at Jocassee on August 10. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 5.18 inches at the College of Charleston on August 15. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.4 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           4.18   32.68      0.0
      Anderson           0.08   28.37     -1.4
      Columbia           1.35   26.67     -5.8
    Orangeburg           2.86   30.26     -2.2
 Charlotte, NC           1.34   25.91     -1.7
   Augusta, GA           0.57   22.56     -7.1
      Florence           0.00   30.30      0.8
N Myrtle Beach           1.40   26.27     -1.3
    Charleston           3.39   44.25     11.4
  Savannah, GA           0.01   26.15     -6.3  


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at the Johnny Mercer Pier, Wrightsville Beach, NC were reported at 84 degrees.

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