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September 1 - September 7, 2014


Saluda and Bennettsville both recorded 99 degrees on Monday, the first day of September. Clinton and Hartsville reached 99 degrees on Tuesday. Disorganized thunderstorms on Tuesday afternoon brought rainfall amounts of 1.62 inches to Lake Wateree and 1.50 inches to Antreville. Passing storms over the Columbia Hamilton-Owens AP caused a 17-degree temperature fall from 96 degrees at 5:00 p.m. to 79 degrees at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday's scattered showers brought Antreville another 1.18 inches for a two-day total of 2.68 inches. Most of the lion's share of rain fell over the Foothills and Piedmont. Ninety Nine Islands measured 2.25 inches, Pickens received 2.08 inches and 1.56 inches fell at the Greenville downtown airport. Under partly cloudy skies, the mercury still climbed to 95 degrees at Winnsboro and Darlington. Thursday's onshore winds along the coastal counties delivered distinctly clear air for inland South Carolina. Most locations on Thursday were rain free with the exception of Greenwood that reported 1.84 inches of rain during mid-afternoon and early evening thundershowers. On Friday morning, Sullivan's Island only cooled to a humid 83 degrees. Seabreeze-supported convection brought rainfalls of 1.57 inches to Witherbee, 1.03 inches to Jamestown and 0.85 inches to Fort Moultrie. Similar conditions were observed on Saturday with partly sunny skies and widely scattered thundershowers. Charleston City measured a rainfall of 1.14 inches and Barnwell was the state's warmest location with 95 degrees. A weakening boundary of cooler air approached on Sunday and came to rest up against the tropical air over eastern counties. Several areas of heavy rain within thunderstorms developed along where the features met. Hartsville was drenched with 3.86 inches, Chesterfield received 3.62 inches and Darlington measured 3.20 inches. The Florence Regional AP measured 1.98 inches from 2:53 p.m. through 4:53 p.m. Sandy Springs, Allendale and Conway AP all recorded a Sunday maximum temperature of 88 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 100 degrees at Johnston on September 1. The lowest official temperature reported was 64 degrees at Caesars Head on September 3. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.99 inches at McBee on September 7. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.2 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure
        Anderson AP            0.79    24.85      -5.6
           Greer AP            1.55    36.51       3.1
   Charlotte, NC AP            1.55    35.31       5.9
  Columbia Metro AP            0.58    28.66      -4.2
      Orangeburg AP            0.36    35.38       1.1
Augusta, GA Bush AP            1.26    29.68      -2.0
        Florence AP            2.60    30.59      -0.8 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.56    29.21      -7.9
      Charleston AP            1.49    36.82      -0.5
    Savannah, GA AP            2.77    37.83      -2.2


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 83 degrees, Charleston 81 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 85 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 84 degrees.

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