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September 1, 2008 - September 7, 2008


The week began with cool mornings and lower humidity values. Mostly sunny conditions were observed into Thursday with afternoon high temperatures in the upper 80's to lower 90's. At noon on Friday, clouds were expanding into South Carolina from the circulation of Tropical Storm Hanna which was located 280 miles SSE of Charleston. The storm's center raced north, passing Charleston offshore and making landfall near the South Carolina, North Carolina border at around 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Winds at N Myrtle Beach AP gusted to 53 mph and a minimum barometric pressure of 29.04 inches was recorded. Springmaid Pier observed an estimated tidal departure of plus 2.8 feet over the predicted value. Heavy rains fell near the coast producing flash flooding within the Charleston peninsula and Georgetown County. Skies began clearing around leftover showers Saturday and by Sunday afternoon the temperature was back into the 90's. The state average temperature for the period was near normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 97 degrees at Orangeburg on September 7. The lowest official temperature reported was 55 degrees at Cheraw on the morning of September 4. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 8.73 inches at Marion ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 6. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.7 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.00   25.29    -10.4
      Columbia           0.03   30.35     -5.9
    Orangeburg           0.13   26.67     -9.6
 Charlotte, NC           0.01   30.78      0.4	
   Augusta, GA           0.00   27.54     -5.4
      Florence           4.52   35.76      2.7
N Myrtle Beach           4.29   37.69      5.8
    Charleston           3.66   31.58     -6.7
  Savannah, GA           0.08   30.42     -7.2


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 79 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 84 degrees.

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