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August 18 - August 24, 2014


Monday's 95-degree heat at Bennettsville, Cades and Jamestown happened outside of scattered thundershowers and rainfall amounts of 2.02 inches at Jeffries Hydro (Lake Moultrie Dam), 1.52 inches at Allendale and 1.33 inches at Brookgreen Gardens. Isolated thundershowers on Tuesday brought Fountain Inn 2.94 inches and Ninety Nine Islands 1.19 inches. A stretch of the summer's hottest weather began on Wednesday with both airports in Columbia reaching 97 degrees. Late afternoon thunderstorms near Pickens produced hail-stones of 1.50 inches in diameter and 0.86 inches of rain. Saluda reported 100 degrees on Thursday, marking their hottest day since August 2, 2012. Barnwell and Beaufort recorded 100 degrees on Friday. The stifling heat and humidity over Moncks Corner produced a Friday, 7:35 p.m. heat index value of 117 degrees (90 degree air over 84 degree dewpoint) at the Berkeley County AP. Shade offered little relief on Saturday from the Piedmont to the beaches. Barnwell baked under a maximum temperature of 101 degrees. McCormick recorded 100 degrees and Johnston and Sullivan's Island reported 99 degrees. Season-high water temperature readings occurred at Charleston Harbor (87.8 degrees) and at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach (86.4 degrees) on Saturday afternoon. A welcomed layer of cooler air began arriving from the north on Saturday evening. Thunderstorms formed along the boundary leaving amounts of 1.65 inches at Conway and 1.42 inches at Kings Mountain National Military Park. The Orangeburg Saturday high temperature of 98 degrees changed to a more agreeable 88 degrees on Sunday. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 102 degrees at Pinopolis on August 22. The lowest official temperature reported was 56 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on August 18. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.18 inches at McClellanville ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 24. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.4 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure
        Anderson AP            0.07    23.41      -5.2
           Greer AP            0.43    34.57       3.0
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.22    33.70       6.0
  Columbia Metro AP            0.00    27.99      -2.9
      Orangeburg AP            0.07    35.02       2.8
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.02    28.30      -1.7
        Florence AP            0.15    27.99      -1.4 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            2.32    28.65      -4.9
      Charleston AP            0.34    35.33       1.4
    Savannah, GA AP            0.18    35.06       2.1


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 82 degrees, Charleston 83 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 86 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 84 degrees.

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