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September 5, 2011 - September 11, 2011


On Monday and Tuesday, the remnants of a once named Gulf Coast Tropical Storm Lee brought banding rains to the state. At 5:16 p.m. Monday, a weak EF0 tornado was observed 7 miles NNE of Newberry. During the 24-hours ending Tuesday morning, Chester had measured 1.65 inches of rain and Jocassee Dam had measured 1.30 inches. At 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, the Charleston AP reported south winds at 22 mph gusting to 38 mph. Dillon was in the path of the northward-moving rains and received 1.56 inches. Following the departing tropical feature, much cooler and less humid air settled into the region. The McEntire ANG AP, Barnwell and Cedar Creek each recorded a Wednesday morning minimum temperature of 55 degrees. Allendale, Long Creek and Calhoun Falls cooled to 55 degrees on Thursday morning. The Friday though Sunday period included sunrise temperatures in the 60's and slow warming for the afternoons. Bamberg and Pinopolis reached 92 degrees on Saturday, as did the Orangeburg AP and Sandy Run, on Sunday. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 94 degrees at Barnwell on September 11. The lowest official temperature reported was 51 degrees at Pelion on September 10. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.02 inches at Caesars Head ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 6. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.5 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total    from Avg
         Greer           0.82   29.56     -4.3
      Anderson           0.39   23.11     -7.9
      Columbia           0.30   28.79     -4.5
    Orangeburg           0.27   28.30     -6.5
 Charlotte, NC           1.79   31.05      1.3
   Augusta, GA           0.00   23.56     -8.5
      Florence           0.66   22.20     -9.7
N Myrtle Beach           0.64   24.28    -13.8
    Charleston           0.52   29.97     -8.2
  Savannah, GA           0.26   26.34     -9.9
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 80 degrees, Charleston 81 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 82 degrees.

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