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August 16, 2010 - August 22, 2010


There was no shortage of moisture in the atmosphere all week. On Monday, at 2:00 p.m., the Hilton Head Airport reported 82 degrees with 100 percent relative humidity. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms brought parts of the state drenching rains. Chappells received 2.43 inches of rain on Monday. Batesburg measured 1.90 inches on Tuesday. Lake Wateree and Johnston recorded Wednesday high temperatures of 97 degrees. Wednesday's storms produced a rainfall amount of 1.91 inches at the McEntire ANG AP near Eastover. The skies over Chesterfield and Darlington counties opened up with excessive rains on Thursday. Hartsville measured 5.11 inches during a cloudburst that left saturated grounds and standing water. Hardeeville, located in southern Jasper County, reported 97 degrees on Friday and, just up the coast, Edisto beach received 4.00 inches of rain by Saturday morning. A southeastward moving front entered the state on Saturday with brief thunderstorms developing across the mountains and Foothills. Long Creek measured 2.19 inches of rain and nearby Keowee Dam received 1.51 inches. Most of the unsettled weather on Sunday was observed over the eastern half of South Carolina and along a nearly stationary boundary. The Bamberg and Columbia, Hamilton-Owens Airport thermometers indicated a Sunday maximum temperature of 96 degrees. Kingstree was soaked with 3.31 inches of rain. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 98 degrees at Cades on August 18. The lowest official temperature reported was 65 degrees at Caesars Head on August 21. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 5.25 inches at Chesterfield ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 20. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.8 inches.


                            Precipitation                                                      Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                       Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer           0.66   33.34     -0.2
      Anderson           1.17   29.54     -1.1
      Columbia           2.19   28.86     -4.8
    Orangeburg           2.76   33.02     -0.7
 Charlotte, NC           2.05   27.96     -0.4
   Augusta, GA           0.90   23.46     -7.3
      Florence           1.47   31.77      1.1
N Myrtle Beach           1.79   28.06     -0.8
    Charleston           1.59   45.84     11.4
  Savannah, GA           3.72   29.87     -4.3  


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 85 degrees, Charleston 86 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at the Johnny Mercer Pier, Wrightsville Beach, NC were reported at 85 degrees.

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