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August 15, 2016 - August 21, 2016


Heat and humidity were the rule in South Carolina for another week. On Monday, Rock Hill, Whitmire, Sumter and Walterboro all reached 97 degrees. A localized shower over McCormick produced 0.80 inches of rain. Cades and Lake City reported a Tuesday high temperature of 98 degrees. Isolated showers developed during Wednesday's early afternoon hours with amounts of 0.52 inches at West Pelzer, 0.33 inches at Walhalla and 0.25 inches in Batesburg. The Sandhill Experiment Station reported a 24-hour open pan evaporation of 0.47 inches. Thundershowers, under cloud tops rising to 60,000 feet, produced intense rainfalls on Thursday at Galivants Ferry with 1.98 inches falling in one hour, part of a 2.44-inch total. Holly Hill and Barnwell received matching amounts of 2.46 inches. Shaw AFB noted a two-hour temperature fall from 95 degrees to 73 degrees following a thunderstorm. The Georgetown AP and Summerville recorded a Thursday maximum temperature of 97 degrees. Moisture-laden and heated marine air meant more scattered thundershowers on Friday. The USGS gage at the SCDOT location in Saluda received 2.84 inches of rain. Little Mountain reported rains of 1.13 inches, Greenwood reported 1.12 inches and Walhalla and Anderson each received 0.84 inches. Between 2:00 p.m. on Friday through midnight on Saturday, Sassafras Mountain was soaked with 3.51 inches of rain. The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station made it to a steamy 97 degrees on Friday. Showers on Saturday concentrated over the Upstate. Sullivan's Island noted a high temperature of 95 degrees and the Charleston Harbor water temperature near the Customs House moved to a 4:30 p.m. temperature of 88.3 degrees. The Hilton Head Island AP recorded a 100 percent relative humidity value continuously for 12 hours beginning Saturday evening at 8:15 p.m. into Sunday morning. Florence, Myrtle Beach and Charleston all recorded 97 degrees on Sunday afternoon. At sunset, a boundary of drier, continental air was observed edging into South Carolina's Upstate. No measurable rain was reported at Springfield during the week and less than one-tenth of an inch fell at the Charleston AP, McColl and Lake City.

The highest official temperature reported was 99 degrees at Santuck on August 16, the Marlboro County AP near Bennettsville on August 17, Hilton Head Island AP on August 19, and again for the Marlboro County AP on August 21. The lowest official temperature reported was 58 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on August 18. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.60 inches at USGS Hickory Tavern in Laurens County on August 18. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.6 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 1.47 19.47 -8.8
Greer AP 0.30 28.10 -3.0
Charlotte, NC AP 0.44 21.15 -6.1
Columbia Metro AP 0.55 22.58 -7.8
Orangeburg AP 0.39 22.85 -8.9
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.79 25.46 -4.1
Florence AP 0.16 32.88 4.0
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.89 24.39 -8.3
Charleston AP 0.03 31.53 -1.6
Savannah, GA AP 0.17 33.77 1.5

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 82 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 surf water temperature was unavailable.

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