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August 19 - August 25, 2013


Monday's heavy rains for Orangeburg County caused flash flooding that extended into Hampton County. The Murrells Inlet observer at Brookgreen Gardens measured a 24-hour total of 3.40 inches. Beaufort reported the state's warmest temperature at 91 degrees. Thunderstorms on Tuesday brought another round of heavy rain for Orangeburg. The airport location recorded 2.51 inches in 90 minutes and gave them a 48-hour total of 6.07 inches. Dillon's thundershower on Wednesday filled the rain gage with 2.50 inches. More stable air for Thursday reduced the coverage of storm cells. The Charleston and Beaufort airports warmed to a sunny 90 degrees. Sullivan's Island recorded a hot 95 degrees on Friday ahead of a pre-seasonal change to cooler, drier air for the weekend. Ending and isolated thunderstorms on Friday left 1.93 inches of rain at Darlington and 1.40 inches at Pickens. Saturday's high temperature at Johnston, Mullins and McClellanville was a pleasant 81 degrees. On Sunday morning, the thermometer indicated 60 degrees for McCormick and Chesterfield. At 4:00 p.m., Greenwood noted clear skies and 82 degrees. The weekly rainfall total of 5.48 inches at Dillon and 6.15 inches at Orangeburg has resulted in what are described as "new ponds" all across these counties' low-lying countryside. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees below the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 96 degrees at Pinopolis on August 23. The lowest official temperature reported was 56 degrees at Long Creek and Ninety Nine Islands on August 25. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.56 inches at Orangeburg AP on August 19. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.4 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
        Anderson AP            2.67    51.96     23.1  
           Greer AP            2.28    53.19     22.8
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.39    35.14      7.3
  Columbia Metro AP            0.98    43.51     12.5
      Orangeburg AP            6.15    47.31     15.0
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.60    45.32     15.2
        Florence AP            1.12    44.60     15.1
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.38    40.76      6.9
      Charleston AP            0.94    46.06     11.9
    Savannah, GA AP            1.64    47.17     14.0
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 79 degrees, Charleston 80 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 79 degrees.

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