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August 17, 2009 - August 23, 2009


Sunny weather and late summer heat was observed early in the week. On Wednesday, Manning, Hartsville and Jamestown all reported 95 degrees. The tropical atmosphere supported the formation of widely scattered afternoon thundershowers. Bamberg received 1.06 inches of rain Wednesday afternoon. A localized convective burst drenched Longtown with just over three inches of rain Thursday. A few mountain sites measured rainfall totals of around three quarters of an inch. Except for the coastal counties, most of the state enjoyed picturesque blue skies during the daylight hours over the weekend. A lone, nearly stationary storm cell caused flash flooding at Awendaw in north Charleston County Saturday evening. There were unofficial reports of rainfall amounts exceeding six inches. A strong storm over Gaston dropped golf ball-sized hail at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. Cooler, drier air eased into northwest South Carolina late Saturday. Long Creek in Oconee County recorded a Sunday morning low temperature of 61 degrees. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 99 degrees at Saluda on August 20. The lowest official temperature reported was 59 degrees at Caesars Head on August 23. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.02 inches at Longtown ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 21. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.2 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.45   27.63     -6.1
      Columbia           0.02   28.02     -5.8
    Orangeburg           0.07   29.63     -4.2
 Charlotte, NC           0.12   30.18      1.7
   Augusta, GA           0.15   26.57     -4.3
      Florence           0.06   25.58     -5.3
N Myrtle Beach           0.36   24.20     -4.8
    Charleston           0.00   36.06      1.3
  Savannah, GA           0.97   41.08      6.7   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 83 degrees, Charleston 84 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at the Edisto Buoy and Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 83 degrees.

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