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WEEKLY SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER 2016

September 12, 2016 - September 18, 2016

WEATHER SUMMARY:

A saturated atmosphere produced localized heavy rain events on Monday for parts of eastern South Carolina. Between 12:45 and 1:00 p.m., 0.91 inches fell in just fifteen minutes at the USGS Waccamaw River gage above Conway, part of a 2.35-inch total. A "cloudburst" of 3.69 inches in one hour over Orangeburg caused "bumper deep" flash flooding to streets and parking lots. Little Mountain received 1.89 inches of rain and 1.77 inches fell on Marion. Hilton Head Island recorded a high temperature of 93 degrees. On Tuesday, showers moved into the beaches. At 11:00 p.m. a newly formed Tropical Storm Julia was located near Jacksonville, Florida, and moving north-northwest at 9 mph. Rainfall measurements taken on Wednesday morning included 2.26 inches at Charleston AP, 1.91 inches at Sullivan's Island and 1.22 inches at Myrtle Beach City. At 8:00 a.m., heavy rain was observed in Beaufort and N Myrtle Beach. With the approach of "Julia," east-northeast winds gusted to 56 mph at the Fripp Nearshore Buoy and at 53 mph from the northeast at Folly Beach Pier. At 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Tropical Storm Julia was positioned 50 miles south-southeast of Charleston. Thursday's multi-day rainfall totals for the event reached 7.68 inches at CoCoRaHS volunteer gages in Mt. Pleasant 1.9 ESE and 7.12 inches for Charleston 5.7 NW. The NWS COOP observer at Sullivan's Island measured 5.40 inches and 5.01 inches fell at the Charleston AP. North winds circulating around the departing feature aided in late afternoon clearing for locations away from the coast. On Friday, Julia's showers were still clipping parts of Horry County. Mostly sunny skies and 84 degrees were reported at 5:00 p.m. for Greenville, Lancaster and Hartsville. At midnight and under a full "Harvest" moon, Spartanburg, Allendale, Orangeburg and Florence all noted clear skies and 70 degrees. Light showers on Saturday, associated with a distant Tropical Depression Julia, once again affected the Atlantic-facing counties. Hilton Head's 90 degrees was Saturday's warmest location. On Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m., the center of Tropical Depression Julia was located 185 miles east-southeast of Charleston. While most of the state observed a Sunday afternoon of partial sun, occasional showers moved over the coastal zones. A boundary of less humid air mixed into the Upstate and Foothills on Sunday evening.

The highest official temperature reported was 96 degrees at the Clemson-Oconee AP (KCEU) on September 15. The lowest official temperature reported was 60 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on September 12. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 4.25 inches at the USGS N Fork Edisto River at Orangeburg on September 12. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.2 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees above the long-term average.

PRECIPITATION:

  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.04 19.70 -12.0
Greer AP 0.03 28.95 -5.7
Charlotte, NC AP 0.00 22.79 -7.7
Columbia Metro AP 1.76 29.26 -4.9
Orangeburg AP 3.17 31.93 -3.7
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.33 31.14 -1.7
Florence AP 0.38 38.32 5.5
N Myrtle Beach AP 2.65 37.83 -1.6
Charleston AP 6.59 40.97 1.3
Savannah, GA AP 0.32 37.97 0.7

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.

SOIL:

4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 79 degrees. Columbia 81 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF:

South Carolina river stages were near to much below normal (Upstate). Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 81 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 82 degrees.

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