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August 28, 2011 - September 4, 2011


Under sunny skies, Aiken and Sandhill reported a Monday afternoon high temperature of 98 degrees. Scattered storms formed over central South Carolina and drifted east. McBee measured 1.34 inches of rain and Bennettsville measured 1.05 inches. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 47 mph on Lake Wateree. Cloudy conditions on Tuesday only allowed a Columbia high temperature of 84 degrees, that location's "lowest" high temperature since May 19. August 2011 rainfall totals ranged from 0.35 inches at Sandy Springs to 9.88 inches at Mullins. Thursday morning temperatures dropped to 61 degrees at Dillon, Hartsville and Conway. Hot weather was observed on Friday for most of the state away from the beaches. Clemson, Clinton and Greenwood reached 100 degrees. Scattered thunderstorms on Friday left 1.70 inches of rain at Darlington and 0.64 inches at Hunts Bridge. Myrtle Beach reported a high temperature of 84 degrees on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 101 degrees at Sandy Springs and McCormick on September 2. The lowest official temperature reported was 59 degrees at Cedar Creek on September 1. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.84 inches at Springfield ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 30. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.1 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total    from Avg
         Greer           0.00   28.74     -4.3
      Anderson           0.01   22.73     -7.4
      Columbia           0.95   28.49     -4.0
    Orangeburg           0.11   28.03     -5.9
 Charlotte, NC           0.08   29.26      0.2
   Augusta, GA           0.06   23.58     -7.7
      Florence           0.12   21.54     -9.5
N Myrtle Beach           0.00   23.64    -12.7
    Charleston           0.05   29.45     -7.1
  Savannah, GA           0.01   26.08     -9.0

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 82 degrees, Charleston 83 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 83 degrees.

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