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September 8 - September 14, 2014


Heavy rains continued on Monday morning from Sumter and eastward through the Pee Dee communities. Running totals reached 5.65 inches at Hartsville and 5.57 inches in Florence. The two-calendar day measurement at Florence Regional AP was the heaviest amount since the 7.47 inches that fell back on December 22-23, 1994. Other notable event totals included 4.46 inches at McBee, 4.08 inches at Mullins, 3.93 inches at Chesterfield and 3.27 inches at Shaw AFB. Most sites reported a cloudy Tuesday with periods of drizzle. Beaufort was the state's warmest location at 85 degrees. On Wednesday morning, Fountain Inn and the McEntire ANG AP cooled to 64 degrees. At 2:00 p.m., Florence, Sumter and Orangeburg noted a cloudy sky and 83 degrees. An isolated thundershower at Edisto Beach brought 0.64 inches of rain. Hot, humid weather made a late season appearance on Thursday and Friday. The Columbia Metro AP recorded a Thursday afternoon high temperature of 95 degrees. Little Mountain reported 95 degrees on Friday. A wave of cooler air approached the state late Friday from the northwest causing another round of heavy rains overnight and into Saturday. At 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, Calhoun Falls had received rains of 2.85 inches and 2.49 inches had fallen at Marion. Lightning-filled storms on Saturday produced torrential downpours and flash flooding. At 4:45 p.m., the Newberry USGS rain gage measured a 30-minute amount of 1.74 inches. Tega Cay addresses in York County were flooded with 24-hour rains of 4.46 inches measured at both Lake Wylie and Fort Mill. At 10:55 p.m., the USGS rain gage on the Lynches River at Effingham measured 0.35 inches in just five minutes. A dry Bamberg's prior 30 days' rainfall of only 0.79 inches changed for the better after Saturday's soaking of 2.75 inches. Cloudy, cool weather was observed on Sunday for all but the most southern counties. Anderson's 67 degrees reported on Sunday afternoon was their coolest high value since May 18. Hardeeville's 91 degrees made it the only location to reach into the 90's. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 96 degrees at Barnwell on September 11 and at Clarks Hill on September 12. The lowest official temperature reported was 59 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on September 9. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 4.48 inches at Greenwood 8NE ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 14. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.7 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure
        Anderson AP            0.84    25.69      -5.7
           Greer AP            1.54    38.05       3.9
   Charlotte, NC AP            1.73    37.04       6.9
  Columbia Metro AP            0.36    29.02      -4.7
      Orangeburg AP            1.93    37.31       2.2
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.11    29.79      -2.6
        Florence AP            4.99    35.58       3.3 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            2.02    31.23      -7.5
      Charleston AP            1.75    38.57      -0.3
    Savannah, GA AP            0.91    38.74       2.0


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 78 degrees, Charleston 81 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 84 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 82 degrees.

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