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August 25, 2008 - August 31, 2008


The circulation remnants from Tropical Depression Fay began affecting Oconee County, in the mountains of upstate South Carolina, on Monday morning. Repeating, heavy rains would fall over much of the northern half of the state through Wednesday. A rainfall event total of 9.38 inches was measured in Chester. Light property damage was reported from tornadoes that were observed in Anderson, Abbeville, Pickens, Greenville and Chester counties. Flash flooding caused detours around rural and low-lying bridges until their structural integrity could be inspected. Warm, humid weather followed on Thursday through the holiday weekend with a mix of widely scattered afternoon thunderstorms and high temperatures in the 90's. McCormick received 2.43 inches of rain on Saturday and Loris received 2.30 inches Sunday. The state average temperature for the period was one degree above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 95 degrees at Pritchardville and Beaufort MCAS on August 28. The lowest official temperature reported was 63 degrees at Cheraw on the morning of August 25. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 7.13 inches at Chester ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 27. The state average rainfall for the period was 2.1 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           3.43   25.29     -9.5
      Columbia           2.68   30.32     -4.9
    Orangeburg           1.15   26.54     -8.7
 Charlotte, NC           8.80   30.77      1.3	
   Augusta, GA           1.49   27.54     -4.4
      Florence           3.17   31.24     -0.9
N Myrtle Beach           1.37   33.40      2.9
    Charleston           0.77   27.92     -8.6
  Savannah, GA           0.01   30.34     -5.8


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 82 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 86 degrees.

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