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August 13 - August 19, 2012


Cooler mornings were observed early in the week. On Monday morning, Clarks Hill, Calhoun Falls and Chester reported 62 degrees. Except for an isolated shower crossing parts of Horry County, the state was rain free. During the mid-morning hours of Tuesday, rains moved eastward over the west central counties. Aiken measured a 24-hour total of 0.70 inches. The Georgetown AP, Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station and Pinopolis recorded 94 degrees for their Tuesday high temperature. Partly sunny skies on Wednesday kept afternoon high temperatures in the upper 80's for most of the state. A sunny Conway made it to 93 degrees. More cool mornings began on Thursday. Kings Mountain and Long Creek cooled to 60 degrees. The Marlboro County Jetport near Bennettsville reported a late September-like 61 degrees. The afternoon hours of peak heating sent the mercury to 93 degrees at Columbia Hamilton-Owens AP and Edisto Beach. A remote thunderstorm over Hardeeville left 2.17 inches of rain. Ninety Nine Islands, Chesnee and Dillon noted an unseasonable cool start to Friday with 60 degrees. While the Kingstree AP was heating to 95 degrees on Friday afternoon, thunderstorms were forming over the central counties. Longtown received one of the heavier totals with 2.80 inches of rain. Lake Wateree reported 1.90 inches and 1.65 inches fell at Allendale. Thundershowers on Saturday produced a heavy rain at Chesterfield with 2.50 inches. Sullivan's Island was the state's hot spot on Saturday at 94 degrees. Cloudy, rainy weather affected much of South Carolina on Sunday. Chesterfield received another 2.14 inches. Cheraw measured 2.06 inches and nearby Pageland measured 1.94 inches. Both Marion and the Shaw AFB in Sumter noted a Sunday high temperature of just 82 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was one degree below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 96 degrees at Givhans on August 17. The lowest official temperature reported was 57 degrees at Chesnee on August 18. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.80 inches at Longtown ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 18. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.2 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            0.52    26.40     -4.5
      Anderson AP            1.78    28.74      0.7
      Columbia Metro AP      0.95    31.51      1.5
    Orangeburg AP            0.80    30.45     -1.0
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.77    23.14     -3.9
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       1.27    23.05     -6.2
      Florence AP            0.68    29.14      0.6
N Myrtle Beach AP            1.93    26.22     -5.9
    Charleston AP            1.45    31.19     -1.5
  Savannah, GA AP            1.40    30.95     -0.9
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 80 degrees, Charleston 83 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 82 degrees.

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