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WEEKLY SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER 2008

August 11, 2008 - August 17, 2008

WEATHER SUMMARY:

Monday afternoon temperatures were highest from McCormick to Charleston. Clouds began increasing Tuesday in response to an energetic area of low pressure moving into South Carolina from the Gulf Coast states. On Wednesday, steady rains fell over much of the central and eastern counties. There were reliable reports of storm cells producing 5-inch rains near Irmo and Mt. Pleasant. Winds along Folly Beach gusted to 35 mph. A pool of unseasonably cool air dropped in behind the departing feature by Thursday morning. Before sunrise, temperatures in the upper 50's and middle 60's were common. Columbia's Thursday high temperature of 73 degrees set a new date record lowest maximum temperature. Widely scattered thunderstorms were observed through the weekend. Gaffney received 3.28 inches of rain and Clemson welcomed some relief to their dry conditions, measuring 1.40 inches. The state average temperature for the period was four degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 99 degrees at Ft. Moultrie, Sullivans Island, on August 11. The lowest official temperature reported was 55 degrees at Cheraw on the morning of August 12 and 14. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 4.96 inches at Ft. Moultrie, Sullivans Island, ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 13. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.7 inches.

PRECIPITATION:

                            
                                                                                                                                                                             Precipitation                    
                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.54   21.86    -11.1
      Columbia           3.51   27.17     -5.7
    Orangeburg           1.52   25.18     -7.7
 Charlotte, NC           0.58   21.97     -5.8          	
   Augusta, GA           3.06   25.16     -4.8
      Florence           1.98   28.06     -1.8
N Myrtle Beach           2.94   31.75      3.8
    Charleston           1.64   23.66     -9.7
  Savannah, GA           1.74   27.10     -5.6



    
                            





Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL:

4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 80 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF:

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

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