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September 9 - September 15, 2013


At 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Greenville, Orangeburg and Beaufort all reported a drying and sunny 88 degrees. The 4:00 p.m. temperature of 93 degrees at Columbia Metro AP was accompanied by a relative humidity value of just 26 percent. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach recorded the summer season's highest surf water temperature of 85.5 degrees on September 9. On the same day, isolated showers formed across the coastal plain and left 0.35 inches of rain at Holly Hill and 0.23 inches at Walterboro. Florence and Sumter reached 92 degrees on Tuesday afternoon. Somewhat cooler air entered the state on Wednesday morning. Chester and Allendale reported a minimum temperature of 64 degrees. Very isolated showers formed along the southern beaches. Late-season hot weather returned for Thursday. The Marlboro County Jetport reached 95 degrees and the Columbia Hamilton-Owens AP recorded 94 degrees. While summer-like heat was being observed for the central and eastern counties, a secondary and more forceful boundary of cooler air brought showers to the South Carolina mountains. Walhalla measured one of the heavier totals with 0.67 inches and the Jocassee Dam received 0.57 inches. Charleston and Barnwell warmed to 93 degrees on Friday just ahead of the anticipated fall-like air mass. Localized thundershowers near the Charleston Harbor gave a CoCoRaHS volunteer observer in Mt. Pleasant 1.51 inches of rain and left 0.80 inches in the gage at Ft. Johnson. On Saturday morning, Saluda and Johnston cooled to 59 degrees. A sunny Bishopville and Clarks Hill noted a Saturday high temperature of only 80 degrees. Sunday's mostly sunny conditions allowed for moderate warming. Aiken, Orangeburg and Lake City reported 89 degrees. The Columbia Metro AP consecutive days' absence of measurable rain ended Sunday with a run of 24 days. Just released "SC State Averaged Precipitation" for the June through August 2013 rainfall period, as compiled by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC, indicated the amount to be the "wettest of record" (26.26 inches) and besting the 1964 total of 24.79 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 98 degrees at Pinopolis on September 12. The lowest official temperature reported was 50 degrees at Long Creek on September 14. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.65 inches at Sullivan's Island ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 14. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.1 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            0.01    53.66     22.1  
           Greer AP            0.00    54.37     20.1
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.00    35.47      5.3
  Columbia Metro AP            0.08    43.59      9.8
      Orangeburg AP            0.00    47.47     12.2
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.00    45.46     13.0
        Florence AP            0.00    46.54     14.1
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.00    40.78      1.9
      Charleston AP            0.09    47.16      8.1
    Savannah, GA AP            0.04    47.74     10.9

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


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


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

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