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September 8, 2008 - September 14, 2008


Mid-90-degree heat was observed on Monday. A slow moving thunderstorm Tuesday evening caused localized flooding within the city of Columbia and pockets of heavy rain from McCormick to Florence County. Another round of scattered thunderstorms fell Wednesday with Catawba measuring 1.85 inches. Most of the afternoon activity was focused near a west to east boundary dividing the state. Allendale received 1.60 inches of rain on Thursday. Temperatures began climbing Saturday as the feature moved north. On Sunday, late season heat and high humidity values were still hanging on despite the calendar date. The state average temperature for the period was four degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 95 degrees at Sandhill and Orangeburg on September 8. The lowest official temperature reported was 62 degrees at Lake Bowen on the morning of September 11. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.81 inches at Clarks Hill ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 10. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.9 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.02   25.31    -11.3
      Columbia           0.49   30.84     -6.4
    Orangeburg           3.17   29.84     -7.4
 Charlotte, NC           1.68   32.46      1.1	
   Augusta, GA           0.89   28.43     -5.3
      Florence           2.49   38.25      4.3
N Myrtle Beach           0.34   38.03      4.8
    Charleston           0.06   31.64     -8.0
  Savannah, GA           1.02   31.44     -7.4


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 81 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 86 degrees.

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