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September 14, 2009 - September 20, 2009


Light winds and abundant sunshine made for unseasonably hot afternoons on both Monday and Tuesday. Barnwell, Sandy Springs, Clinton, Darlington, Orangeburg and Jamestown all reported high temperatures of at least 90 degrees. The circulation around a broad cyclonic feature, located over the central Gulf coast states, began to influence South Carolina's weather late Tuesday. Pockets of much needed rain fell over the Upstate into Wednesday morning. Hunts Bridge, in Greenville County, measured 1.02 inches of rain. A second round of showers on Wednesday evening brought 1.04 inches of rain to Jocassee Dam. The pattern continued with heavy rains falling over Aiken and Lexington County on Thursday night. The Columbia Airport received 2.67 inches. On Friday morning, an isolated and nearly stationary downpour flooded streets in Bluffton. There was an unofficial measurement of 7.98 inches of rain. The axis of repeating rainfall concentrated over the Upstate during the weekend. Flooding was reported in parts of Oconee County from two-day rain amounts approaching 12 inches. Coastal counties observed partly sunny, warm weather for the last weekend of astronomical summer. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 92 degrees at Camden on September 14 and at Jamestown on September 16. The lowest official temperature reported was 53 degrees at Walhalla Hatchery (Jocassee) on September 14. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 6.70 inches at Walhalla Hatchery (Jocassee) ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 20. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.9 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           1.65   29.71     -7.7
      Anderson           2.14   32.91     -1.6    
      Columbia           2.67   32.99     -5.0
    Orangeburg           0.99   30.85     -7.1
 Charlotte, NC           1.04   32.02      0.0
   Augusta, GA           1.98   29.98     -4.5
      Florence           0.08   26.70     -8.0
N Myrtle Beach           0.00   25.17     -9.2
    Charleston           0.00   40.47     -0.4
  Savannah, GA           0.29   44.28      4.4   



Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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


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

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