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August 20 - August 26, 2012


Rain showers moved northeastward through central South Carolina on Monday. An already wet Sardis received another 1.55 inches. Shaw AFB in Sumter measured a 24-hour total of 0.83 inches. Jamestown reported the state's highest temperature at 89 degrees. The wet weather pattern continued on Tuesday over much of the same area. Blackville received 2.21 inches; Adams Run, 1.88 inches; and Sandy Run, 1.43 inches. A mostly sunny Clemson and Kings Mountain warmed to 87 degrees. A slow-moving boundary made for cloudy, rainy conditions on Wednesday for the eastern half of the state. Heavy rains fell along the central coast. N Inlet near Winyah Bay reported 2.53 inches of rain, while only a few miles south, the Georgetown AP reported 1.90 inches. Wednesday's thunderstorms brought Chapin 3.01 inches of rain as measured by two separate CoCoRaHS volunteer network observers. Orangeburg and Winnsboro recorded a Wednesday high temperature of 85 degrees. Lingering showers on Thursday produced pockets of heavy rain at Socastee with 2.52 inches and at the Columbia Metro AP with 1.96 inches. Cloudy skies and northeast winds kept the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station high temperature to just 81 degrees. At 4:12 p.m., a pair of waterspouts was observed just offshore the beach of Edisto Island State Park. More stable daytime weather and noticeably cooler mornings arrived for the weekend. On Saturday morning, both Cedar Creek and Pelion cooled to 58 degrees. Darlington, Bishopville and the McEntire ANG AP reported 61 degrees. Afternoon high temperatures in the middle to upper 80's were common. Sunday started at a low temperature of 61 degrees for Walterboro. The mercury moved to 88 degrees at Greenville, Calhoun Falls, Darlington, Conway and Charleston on a sunny, Sunday afternoon. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 91 degrees at Saluda and Columbia Metro AP on August 26. The lowest official temperature reported was 52 degrees at Jocassee on August 22. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.53 inches at N Inlet, Georgetown County ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 23. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.9 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            0.30    26.70     -5.2
      Anderson AP            0.16    28.90     -0.3
      Columbia Metro AP      2.43    33.94      2.7
    Orangeburg AP            0.17    30.62     -1.9
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.03    23.17     -4.8
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       1.53    24.58     -5.7
      Florence AP            0.99    30.13      0.4
N Myrtle Beach AP            3.44    29.66     -4.5
    Charleston AP            0.33    31.52     -2.9
  Savannah, GA AP            0.82    31.27     -2.1
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 80 degrees, Charleston 82 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 81 degrees.

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