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August 25 - August 31, 2014


A break in the summer heat was observed during the first half of week. Hemingway and Chesterfield began the daylight hour on Monday at 61 degrees. Folly Island reported a 3:00 p.m. observation of 81 degrees with northeast winds at 19 knots (22 mph). Chesnee cooled to 55 degrees on Tuesday morning. Sunny, blue skies warmed the temperature to 86 degrees at Clinton, Dillon and Charleston City. Little Mountain and Bishopville shared a Wednesday morning low temperature of 59 degrees. Columbia Metro AP noted a 5:00 p.m. Wednesday relative humidity value of just 21 percent. On Thursday morning, Pelion recorded an "early October-like" 55 degrees. The long, sunny day of surface heating helped McCormick and Saluda reach a hot 98 degrees. Both locations reported another 98 degrees on Friday. More humidity and isolated thunderstorms joined the weekend heat. Newberry, Sandhill and Shaw AFB all recorded a Saturday high temperature of 95 degrees. Storms over the state's higher elevations left 1.15 inches of rain at Walhalla and 0.89 inches at Sandy Springs. Sunday's thunderstorms brought 2.76 inches of rain to the CoCoRaHS volunteer observer, 8.6 miles southeast of Aiken. At around 4:30 p.m., heavy rains of 1.77 inches within 70 minutes were measured by the NWS USC Columbia Campus tipping bucket gage. Allendale, Barnwell and Bamberg reported an August ending 98 degrees. August 2014 produced a monthly rainfall range of 1.82 inches at Cheraw and 10.10 inches at McClellanville. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 99 degrees at the USC Columbia Campus and the Columbia Metro AP on August 31. The lowest official temperature reported was 50 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on August 27. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.84 inches at the NWS USC Columbia Campus on August 31. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.1 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure
        Anderson AP            0.65    24.06      -5.5
           Greer AP            0.39    34.96       2.5
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.06    33.76       5.2
  Columbia Metro AP            0.09    28.08      -3.8
      Orangeburg AP            0.00    35.02       1.7
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.12    28.42      -2.5
        Florence AP            0.00    27.99      -2.5 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.00    28.65      -2.5
      Charleston AP            0.00    35.33      -0.3
    Savannah, GA AP            0.00    35.06      -0.7


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 86 degrees, Charleston 83 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 86 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 84 degrees.

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