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August 24, 2009 - August 30, 2009


Although afternoon high temperatures on Monday and Tuesday climbed into the middle 90's, lower humidity values offset the apparent heat. A canvas of cumulus clouds mixed with blue skies on both days. Areas of dense fog were observed on Wednesday morning. At 7:00 a.m. Shaw AFB in Sumter and McEntire ANG Airport near Eastover measured ground visibility of one-eighth mile. The circulation around an upper level feature located over the Florida panhandle began to force storms onshore over the southern counties on Thursday. The Charleston Airport measured a two-day rainfall total through Friday of 3.30 inches. Marion received 1.44 inches of rain from Friday's thunderstorms. Mostly sunny weather was noted Saturday before the influence of a southeastward moving boundary of cooler air entered the Upstate. Bamberg's location, well ahead of the change and with a full day of sunshine on Sunday, allowed their thermometer to reach 95 degrees. Late afternoon thunderstorms formed in the unstable airmass with most of the intense activity concentrated from the Midlands to the coast. At nightfall Sunday, much of South Carolina was under a blanket of clouds with passing thunderstorms and trailing rainshowers. The state average temperature for the period was one degree above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 98 degrees at Lake Wateree on August 26. The lowest official temperature reported was 61 degrees at Pageland on August 25 and at Long Creek on August 29. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.76 inches (1.92 inches in 30 mins.) at Bishopville USGS on August 30. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.6 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.04   27.67     -6.9
      Columbia           0.96   28.98     -6.0
    Orangeburg           0.08   29.71     -5.3
 Charlotte, NC           0.47   30.65      1.3
   Augusta, GA           0.58   27.15     -4.7
      Florence           0.87   26.45     -5.5
N Myrtle Beach           0.15   24.35     -6.0
    Charleston           4.00   40.06      3.7
  Savannah, GA           0.68   41.76      5.8   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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