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August 22, 2016 - August 28, 2016


More comfortable weather arrived on Monday in the form of drier, continental-sourced air. Sassafras Mt. reported a minimum temperature of 60 degrees. At noon, Chester, Laurens and Newberry each noted 81 degrees with northeast winds of 7 mph. Tuesday's sunrise temperatures cooled to 63 degrees at Cheraw, 64 degrees at Lancaster and 67 degrees in Bishopville. Afternoon temperatures at Johnston, Darlington and Dillon reached 96 degrees in the shade but with less distress from lower humidity. Under a canopy of afternoon cloudiness, the Wednesday high temperature at Calhoun Falls of just 82 degrees was that location's coolest afternoon in three months. A few showers formed over the Foothills, bringing rainfall amounts of 0.90 inches to Travelers Rest. The Kingstree AP Thursday morning low temperature of 61 degrees was their lowest temperature since the first day of astronomical summer. McEntire ANG AP reported a Thursday morning temperature of 63 degrees. All day sun moved the mercury to 95 degrees at Bamberg, Clarks Hill and Johnston. A few showers moving west across the lower Piedmont gave Clinton 0.73 inches of rain. With the exception of localized showers on Friday for the Piedmont, it was a hot and dry 95 degrees at Chester, Shaw AFB and Aiken. The 3:00 p.m. observation on Saturday at Folly Island of 84 degrees and east winds of 10 knots was in distinct contrast to the 99 degrees recorded at Bennettsville. Isolated showers brought Marion 0.33 inches of rain and 0.41 inches to the Jocassee Dam. Partly sunny, hot weather ended the week well inland with clusters of showers concentrated along the central and southern coastal counties. Both Columbia airports noted a Sunday high temperature of 96 degrees.

The highest official temperature reported was 100 degrees at the Rock Hill York County AP on August 26. The lowest official temperature reported was 56 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on August 22. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.20 inches at Sandy Springs ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 25. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.1 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.15 19.62 -9.5
Greer AP 0.04 28.14 -4.0
Charlotte, NC AP 0.39 21.54 -6.7
Columbia Metro AP 0.00 22.58 -8.9
Orangeburg AP 0.00 22.85 -10.0
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.00 25.46 -5.1
Florence AP 0.00 32.88 2.9
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.04 24.43 -10.2
Charleston AP 0.38 31.91 -3.0
Savannah, GA AP 0.07 33.84 0.1

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 82 degrees. Columbia 86 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 86 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 85 degrees.

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