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August 24 - August 30, 2015


At 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Spartanburg, Sumter and Conway all reported 88 degrees. Thundershowers brought rainfall amounts of 1.13 inches at Quinby (Florence County) and 1.03 inches at Cheraw. Sunny, hot weather was observed on Tuesday afternoon. Sandhill, Orangeburg, Kingstree, Summerville and Beaufort all shared a high temperature of 95 degrees. Street flooding occurred in Darlington after an intense rainfall of 1.85 inches. Cooler, cloudy conditions approached from the northwest on Wednesday morning. Sandy Springs reported a Wednesday minimum temperature of 60 degrees. At 1:00 p.m., Clemson AP, Newberry and Myrtle Beach all noted a mild 81 degrees. Areas of heavy rain developed ahead of the boundary for the northern coastal counties. The Crabtree Swamp gage recorded 2.74 inches and a CoCoRaHS volunteer 5 miles NNW of Myrtle Beach measured 4.50 inches which resulted in roadway and property ponding. Little Mountain's Thursday morning low temperature was 63 degrees. More rains continued for the coastal zones along a nearly stationary boundary on Thursday. McClellanville measured 1.97 inches, 1.50 inches was noted at N Myrtle Beach and both Charleston AP and Beaufort received 0.88 inches. The Columbia Metro AP was the state's only location to reach 90 degrees. Partly sunny weather on Friday allowed for seasonal conditions. At 4:00 p.m., Greenville-Spartanburg AP, Aiken, Sumter and Darlington all reported east winds and 86 degrees. An isolated shower over Beaufort left 1.14 inches of rain. Saturday's sunrise had a hint of a seasonal change as temperatures cooled to 58 degrees at Cedar Creek, 59 degrees at Union, 60 degrees at Saluda, 61 degrees at McEntire ANG AP, 62 degrees at Johnston and 63 degrees in Conway. Saturday's high temperatures ranged from 84 degrees in Pickens to 88 degrees at the Georgetown AP. Sunday's forcing between an upper level circulation near the Alabama and Georgia border and the Bermuda High set the stage for fields of tropical-sourced heavy rain, some with embedded thunder, across central and coastal sites. The south to north progression of downpours moved over the USGS gage at Plum Branch near Lake Thurmond leaving 3.57 inches and at the Batesburg Fire Department producing 3.07 inches, of which 0.59 inches fell in 15 minutes. Drenching rains slid eastward into midnight. The 81-degree Sunday maximum temperature at Orangeburg AP was their coolest afternoon since June 3. Despite the soaking rains for eastern South Carolina, Pickens, Travelers Rest and Spartanburg reported no rain for the week. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was one degree above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 97 degrees at Columbia Metro AP on August 25. The lowest official temperature reported was 55 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW and Chesnee on August 26. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.68 inches at Clarks Hill on August 30. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.9 inches.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.27 25.49 -4.0
Greer AP 0.21 25.54 -6.9
Charlotte, NC AP 0.11 22.42 -6.1
Columbia Metro AP 2.22 31.05 -0.7
Orangeburg AP 0.52 27.22 -5.9
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.70 26.39 -4.4
Florence AP 1.42 27.44 -2.9
N Myrtle Beach AP 2.08 32.00 -3.1
Charleston AP 1.12 35.42 0.0
Savannah, GA AP 2.14 35.58 1.4

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 79 degrees, Charleston 81.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 83 degrees. The surf water temperature at Springmaid Pier was not available.

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