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September 3 - September 9, 2012


More summer heat, high humidity and scattered storms were observed through most of the work week. The Georgetown AP recorded 96 degrees on Monday. Thundershowers over the Upstate left 2.21 inches of rain at Jocassee and 1.54 inches at Fountain Inn. It was 95 degrees at Darlington on Tuesday afternoon. A cluster of storms over York and Lancaster counties brought Lake Wylie 1.69 inches of rain and Catawba 1.34 inches. More cloudiness on Wednesday limited the afternoon convection. Scattered thundershowers on Thursday night developed over the north Midlands leaving 2.34 inches of rain at Longtown. A CoCoRaHS volunteer in Camden measured 1.91 inches. Hardeeville and Pinopolis warmed to 93 degrees on Friday under partly sunny skies. A long-awaited change to drier, cooler air approached the state on Saturday, but not before Florence and Beaufort noted 92 degrees. The fall-like boundary produced widespread thunderstorms as it collided with the outgoing tropical air. Some of the heavier 24-hour rainfall amounts included 2.47 inches at Mullins, 2.12 inches at Galivants Ferry, 2.02 inches at Gaffney and 1.90 inches at Darlington. On Sunday morning, Marion, Lugoff and McCormick cooled to 66 degrees. Light northerly winds kept the Sunday high temperature at Table Rock, Greenwood and Conway to an arid 80 degrees. The state average temperature for the period was four degrees above normal.*

The highest official temperature reported was 97 degrees at Sullivan's Island on September 7. The lowest official temperature reported was 53 degrees at Caesars Head on September 9. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.60 inches at Georgetown AP ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 8. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.3 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            1.30    28.38     -5.2
      Anderson AP            1.27    30.47     -0.2
      Columbia Metro AP      0.51    35.08      2.0
    Orangeburg AP            3.22    34.41     -0.2
 Charlotte, NC AP            2.60    26.41     -3.2
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.55    27.72     -4.1
      Florence AP            2.13    33.07      1.4
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.00    30.47     -7.1
    Charleston AP            0.95    36.08     -1.7
  Savannah, GA AP            1.11    34.92     -1.0
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 80 degrees, Charleston 82 degrees.


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

*Late reports from the unmanned, automated rainfall recordings made at Mount Pleasant Regional AP for August 2012, indicated a total of 20.16 inches. This is the state's second heaviest August total behind the 20.49 inches at Long Creek in 1940.

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