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August 31, 2009 - September 6, 2009


An apparent "downburst" with winds estimated at between 60-70 mph swept through the Charleston Southern University campus early Monday morning. Trees were uprooted and there was light property damage. Thunderstorms along the central coast produced heavy rains. Huger, in Berkeley County received 2.93 inches, Ft. Moultrie 2.50 inches. A fall-like airmass overspread the state on Tuesday. Aiken reported a high temperature of only 74 degrees. Chester, Pageland, York and Longtown all cooled to 57 degrees on Wednesday morning. Little Mountain recorded a Wednesday afternoon high temperature of 78 degrees. Unseasonably cool and dry weather continued through Friday night. Light winds and sunny skies pushed the mercury to near 90 degrees by late afternoon Saturday for inland sites. An area of low pressure located offshore and northeast of Myrtle Beach generated clouds and gusting winds for the Grand Strand beaches on Sunday and limited high temperatures to around 80 degrees. Isolated showers fell near Cape Romain. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 93 degrees at Lake Wateree on September 5. The lowest official temperature reported was 53 degrees at Cedar Creek on September 4 and at Pelion on September 5. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.35 inches Witherbee ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 1. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.3 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.07   27.74     -7.9
      Columbia           0.90   29.88     -6.2
    Orangeburg           0.15   29.86     -6.3
 Charlotte, NC           0.15   30.80      0.6
   Augusta, GA           0.14   27.29     -5.5
      Florence           0.17   26.62     -6.3
N Myrtle Beach           0.77   25.12     -6.6
    Charleston           0.41   40.47      2.6
  Savannah, GA           0.50   42.26      4.9   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 79 degrees, Charleston 80 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at the Edisto Buoy were reported at 79 degrees and at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach 80 degrees.

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