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Statement as of 10:30 PM EDT on August 03, 2015


... July 2015 climate summary...

... 4th hottest July on record at Columbia...
... 9th driest July on record at Columbia...
... 9 days of 100 degrees or higher at Columbia...
... 4th hottest daily mean Max temperature at Columbia...
... 7th hottest daily mean Max temperature at Augusta...
... 2nd warmest daily mean min temperature at Columbia...
... 5th straight month of above normal temperatures at both
Columbia and Augusta...


The month of July continued the above normal temperatures that began
in June across the midlands and central Savannah River area. Many
will remember the month as hot and dry..but some areas did receive
rainfall that was close to normal. The hot temperatures combined
with below normal rainfall prompted the South Carolina drought
committee to upgrade many counties across the state into incipient
and moderate drought status. The lack of rainfall has produced lower
than normal streamflows and target pools elevations for reservoirs.
This has greatly impacted the agricultural business of the state
especially those without irrigation. Most of it fell during the
early part of July. Mid and upper level ridging increased across the
southeast during the month. This led to plenty of dry and hot high
pressure over much of the southeast. Unfortunately... the forecast
for August does not indicate any relief from the hot weather and dry
conditions.

Precipitation varied greatly across the midlands and central
Savannah River area. The average rainfall across the area ranged
from 1 to 4 inches. The most rain fell across the northern and
western midlands and along the west side of the Savannah River.
Rainfall amounts in this area averaged 3 to 5 inches. The least
amount of rain fell across the central and eastern midlands. Some
areas here only received between one half inch up to 3 inches of
rainfall. Looking at the percent of normal precipitation for the
month... the average across the midlands and csra was between 50 and
75 percent.

The average temperature at Augusta regional Bush Field was 83.6
degrees or 2.0 degrees above the normal of 81.6 degrees. The average
temperature at Columbia Metro Airport was 85.3 degrees or 3.1
degrees above the normal of 82.2 degrees. Augusta Bush Field
received 3.52 inches of rainfall for the month. Columbia Metro
Airport received 1.53 inches of rainfall for the month. It was the
9th driest July on record.


Here are the top 10 warmest average July temperatures on record:


1. 86.2 degrees in 1993
2. 86.1 degrees in 1986
3. 85.5 degrees in 2011
4. 85.3 degrees in 2015*
5. 85.0 degrees in 2012
6. 84.4 degrees in 2010
7. 83.9 degrees in 2002 and 1954
9. 83.8 degrees in 1998 and 1992

Additional sites with above normal average July temperatures:

Uscs1 Columbia univ. Of SC (coop)... ..85.3 degrees (9th warmest on
record)(13 days with a high temperature of 100 degrees or higher)
bams1 Bamberg (coop)... ... ... ... ... ... 83.7 degrees (6th warmest on
record)
sahs1 Sandhill research ctr. (Coop)... 83.6 degrees (5th warmest on
record)


Here are the top 10 driest July amounts on record:

1. 0.57 inches in 1977
2. 0.73 inches in 1983
3. 1.15 inches in 1957 and 1918
5. 1.17 inches in 1952
6. 1.24 inches in 1980
7. 1.25 inches in 1986
8. 1.44 inches in 1940
9. 1.53 inches in 2015*
10.2.02 inches in 1993


here are some of the lowest rainfall cocorahs reports for july:
... Community collaborative rain hail and snow
network... ... www.Cocorahs.Org

SC-lx-7 Oak Grove 1.4 N... ... ..0.59 inches
SC-CA-1 St. Matthews 3.2 ENE... 1.10 inches
SC-lx-97 Lexington 5.8 E... ... ..1.10 inches
SC-cd-7 Manning 3.3 WNW... ... ..1.11 inches
SC-lx-35 Lexington 2.9 NE... ... .1.43 inches

GA-MD-1 Thomson 2.5 S... ... ... .0.51 inches
GA-cu-7 Grovetown 3.4 NE... ... .2.11 inches


Here are some of the highest rainfall cocorahs reports for july:

SC-NW-11 Silverstreet 5.7 WNW... .6.13 inches
SC-AK-47 Aiken 4.3 SSW... ... ... ..5.62 inches
SC-AK-58 Aiken 3.6 S... ... ... ... .5.61 inches
SC-ln-15 Lancaster 3.6 NNW... ... .5.53 inches
SC-kr-19 Camden 3.2 se... ... ... ..5.38 inches

GA-rc-5 Hephzibah 5.0 NE... ... ..4.18 inches


Here are some of the lowest NWS coop observer reports for july:

Wnbs1 Winnsboro... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .1.70 inches
johs1 Johnston 4 SW... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2.01 inches
cews1 Cheraw water plant... ... ... ... ... .2.04 inches
uscs1 Columbia univ. Of SC... ... ... ... ..2.30 inches
mans1 Manning... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2.45 inches

Here are some of the highest NWS coop observer reports for july:

Bnls1 Barnwell 5 ENE... ... ... ... ... ... ..7.39 inches
akis1 Aiken 2 E... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .5.75 inches
lnts1 Longtown... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ..5.40 inches
chds1 Clarks Hill... ... ... ... ... ... ... ..5.03 inches
blys1 Cedar Creek... ... ... ... ... ... ... ..5.01 inches


Here are the lowest rcwinds (richland County mesonet) reports:

Landfill... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 0.98 inches
Williams Brice Stadium... ... ... ... .0.98 inches
Broad River/St. Andrews... ... ... ... 1.18 inches

Here are the highest rcwinds (richland County mesonet) reports:

Gills creek... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 4.96 inches
Cedar Creek/Winnsboro Road... ... ... 4.76 inches
Chappells fire sta. Newberry co.)..4.76 inches


Highest wind gusts at each ASOS location during the month:

Columbia Metro Airport (cae)... ... ... 48 mph on the 2nd
Hamilton Owens field Columbia (cub)..47 mph on the 2nd
Augusta Daniel Field (dnl)... ... ... ..46 mph on the 2nd
Augusta Bush Field (ags)... ... ... ... .41 mph on the 2nd
Orangeburg County Airport (ags)... ... 39 mph on the 4th

Highest wind gusts at each lake observing site during the month:

Lake Wateree dam (wats1)... ... ... ... .46 mph on the 2nd
Clarks Hill lk. Thurmond dam (chds1).46 mph on the 2nd
Flotilla Island lk. Murray (lmfs1)... 43 mph on the 4th
Lake Murray towers (usgs)... ... ... ... 35 mph on the 4th

Water temperature at the Lake Murray towers (depth approx. 6 feet):
warmest... 89.3 degrees on the 22nd
coolest... 82.0 degrees on the 5th

Water temperature at the Hwy. 391 bridge across the Saluda river:
warmest... 91.0 degrees on the 30th
coolest... 81.0 degrees on the 4th

Water temperature at the Hwy. 391 bridge across the little Saluda river:
warmest... 89.0 degrees on the 30th and 31st
coolest... 81.0 degrees on the 4th


Highest wind gusts rc winds (richland County mesonet):

Williams Brice Stadium (near the top)... 70 mph on the 2nd
Williams Brice Stadium (near the top)... 50 mph on the 18th
Hamilton Owens field... ... ... ... ... ... ..50 mph on the 2nd
Lake Murray... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ..47 mph on the 2nd
Pine View/Garners Ferry... ... ... ... ... ..43 mph on the 2nd
Ballentine... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 42 mph on the 4th


Records tied or broken during the month at july:

Augusta...
none

Columbia...
June 9th... tied the record high minimum temperature of
78 degrees set in 1986.
June 21st... tied the record high minimum temperature of
78 degrees set in 1926.
June 31st... broke the record high minimum temperature with a morning
low of 79 degrees. Previous record 78 degrees set in 1999.


Events for July 2015:

July 2nd... a stalled frontal boundary across North Carolina was the
focus for scattered strong to severe thunderstorms. The storms
produced strong damaging winds and hail across the midlands and
csra. A tree fell on a home in the Olympia neighborhood of Columbia.
Spotters reported several trees down in Orangeburg and Barnwell
counties. One spotter reported a wind gust to 52 mph near the town
of north. The Augusta news media reported areas of Blanchard Road
near Paxton way was impassable due to downed trees and powerlines.

July 3rd... the stalled frontal boundary remained just north of the
area and was the focus for widely scattered strong to severe
thunderstorms. The strongest storms occurred in Burke County GA. The
County EM reported trees down along Hwy. 24. He also reported a gas
station was badly damaged... a couple of trees fell on homes and one
fell on a vehicle.

July 5th... a trough of low pressure lingered across the Piedmont of
the state. Thunderstorms trained across northern Lexington and
northwest Richland counties producing very heavy rainfall and some
flash flooding. Rainfall amounts from 2 to 3 inches fell in just one
hour. Several streams overflowed their banks flooding apartments
and closing a couple of roads.

July 13th... a stalled frontal boundary across North Carolina was the
focus for scattered strong to severe thunderstorms. The storms
produced wind damage across the Pee Dee and midlands. The Lee County
EM reported a few trees down. Two of these trees fell on an out
building and a car port.

July 18th... a squall line producing damaging winds and very heavy
rain moved across the midlands. The winds downed trees and
powerlines along with producing some local flooding. Highway patrol
temporarily closed some roads due to the heavy rainfall across
the Columbia metopolitan area. The rcwinds rainfall gage at gills
creek reported 2.28 inches of rain in 30 minutes. A cocorahs
observer... SC-rc-62... in The Summit area of Columbia reported 2.84
inches of rain. The SC dot reported a few trees down in the
Eutawville area.

July 19th... a trough of low pressure across the upstate was the
focus for scattered strong to severe thunderstorms that produced
damaging winds. Highway patrol reported numerous trees along Hwy.
215 in western Fairfield County and also around the town of Blair.

July 20th... a trough of low pressure across the midlands was the
focus for widely scattered strong to severe thunderstorms across the
northern and eastern midlands. The Lancaster County EM reported
trees and powerlines down... several homes damaged... several
buildings damaged... Turkey barn damaged and a chain link fence
damaged from the strong winds. The power company in Aiken County
reported several outages due to trees and powerlines down in the New
Ellenton area. In Aiken County... a microburst moved a motor home 4
feet producing some damage.


Year to date monthly temperature and precipitation statistics...

Columbia SC Metropolitan Airport 2014/2015 monthly average
temperatures and departures from normal...

          avg high/dep avg low/dep avg temp norm departure
Jan 2014 52.4/-3.6 28.1/-5.6 40.3 44.8 -4.5
Feb 60.3/ 0.0 37.4/+0.6 48.9 48.5 +0.4
Mar 65.2/-3.0 39.1/-3.9 52.2 55.6 -3.4
Apr 78.3/+2.0 52.8/+2.4 65.6 63.4 +2.2
may 86.4/+2.6 62.2/+2.7 74.3 71.7 +2.6
Jun 92.4/+2.4 71.6/+3.4 82.0 79.1 +2.9
Jul 92.7/ 0.0 73.4/+1.8 83.0 82.2 +0.8
Aug 92.2/+1.5 71.7/+0.7 82.0 80.8 +1.2
Sep 84.9/-0.3 68.4/+4.2 76.7 74.7 +2.0
Oct 79.9/+3.8 53.6/+1.5 66.8 64.1 +2.7
Nov 63.1/-4.2 38.0/-4.3 50.5 54.8 -4.3
Dec 61.0/+2.8 39.1/+3.8 50.0 46.7 +3.3
annual 74.2/-1.3 51.3/-1.1 62.7 63.9 -1.2

Jan 2015 55.7/-0.3 33.7/ 0.0 44.7 44.8 -0.1
Feb 54.1/-6.2 32.1/-4.7 43.1 48.5 -5.4
Mar 70.3/+2.1 46.9/+3.9 58.6 55.6 +3.0
Apr 77.8/+1.5 50.4/+5.7 67.0 63.4 +3.6
may 86.0/+2.2 61.0/+1.5 73.5 71.7 +1.8
Jun 93.6/+3.6 71.6/+3.4 82.6 79.1 +3.5
Jul 96.4/+3.7 74.3/+2.7 85.3 82.2 +3.1


Augusta GA Bush Field 2014/2015 monthly average temperatures and
departures from normal...

          avg high/dep avg low/dep avg temp norm departure
Jan 2014 52.7/-5.2 26.3/-6.5 39.5 45.4 -5.9
Feb 61.9/-2.5 34.9/ 0.0 48.4 49.1 -0.7
Mar 66.1/-3.8 37.6/-4.4 51.9 55.9 -4.0
Apr 77.3/ 0.0 49.1/+1.0 63.2 62.7 +0.5
may 85.3/+0.3 58.0/+0.7 71.6 71.7 +0.5
Jun 90.7/-0.3 67.2/+1.0 78.9 78.6 +0.3
Jul 92.2/-1.2 68.4/-1.4 80.3 81.6 -1.3
Aug 91.7/-0.1 67.6/-1.7 79.7 80.5 -0.8
Sep 84.9/-1.8 66.6/+4.0 75.7 74.6 +1.1
Oct 81.4/+3.7 49.3/-1.7 65.3 64.4 +0.9
Nov 64.2/-4.9 34.2/-7.2 49.2 55.2 -6.0
Dec 62.3/+2.3 37.4/+2.9 49.8 47.2 +2.6
annual 74.5/-2.4 48.1/-2.9 61.3 63.9 -2.6

Jan 2015 55.8/-2.1 32.1/-0.7 44.0 45.4 -1.4
Feb 55.4/-6.9 30.1/-5.8 42.8 49.1 -6.3
Mar 71.3/+1.4 45.3/+3.3 58.3 55.9 +2.4
Apr 77.8/+0.5 54.9/+6.8 66.3 62.7 +3.6
may 86.7/+1.7 58.1/+0.8 72.4 71.1 +1.3
Jun 93.1/+2.1 68.1/+1.9 80.6 78.6 +2.0
Jul 95.8/+2.4 71.3/+1.5 83.6 81.6 +2.0


Columbia SC Metropolitan Airport 2014/2015 monthly precipitation...

               total normal departure
              (inches)
Jan 2014 3.40 3.58 -0.18
Feb 2.92 3.61 -0.69
Mar 3.93 3.73 +0.20
Apr 2.99 2.62 +0.37
may 5.72 2.97 +2.75
Jun 1.41 4.69 -3.28
Jul 2.83 5.46 -2.63
Aug 4.88 5.26 -0.38
Sep 2.81 3.54 -0.73
Oct 3.05 3.17 -0.12
Nov 4.37 2.74 +1.63
Dec 3.90 3.22 +0.68
annual 40.80 44.59 -3.79

Jan 2015 2.60 3.58 -0.98
Feb 4.76 3.61 +1.15
Mar 2.78 3.73 -0.95
Apr 4.03 2.62 +1.41
may 1.71 2.97 -1.26
Jun 8.79 4.69 +4.10
Jul 1.53 5.46 -3.93


Augusta GA Bush Field 2014/2015 monthly precipitation...

               total normal departure
              (inches)
Jan 2014 2.48 3.91 -1.43
Feb 3.73 3.92 -0.19
Mar 2.56 4.18 -1.62
Apr 4.59 2.84 +1.75
may 5.50 2.65 +2.85
Jun 2.27 4.72 -2.45
Jul 5.53 4.33 +1.20
Aug 1.76 4.32 -2.56
Sep 2.26 3.22 -0.96
Oct 0.61 3.27 -2.66
Nov 3.19 2.82 +0.37
Dec 4.21 3.39 +0.82
annual 36.42 43.57 -7.15

Jan 2015 2.10 3.91 -1.81
Feb 4.70 3.92 +0.78
Mar 3.04 4.18 -1.14
Apr 4.86 2.84 +2.02
may 0.93 2.65 -1.72
Jun 3.50 4.72 -1.22
Jul 3.52 4.33 -0.81


The outlook for August...

The forecast calls for a 33 to 40 percent chance of above normal
temperatures and equal chances of above... below and normal
precipitation through the month.


The 3-month outlook for Summer (august/September/october)...

The forecast calls for a 33 to 40 percent chance of above normal
temperatures and equal chances of above... below and normal
precipitation through the period.

Enso (el nino southern oscillation)...
... El Nino advisory continues...

El Nino conditions are present across the central and eastern
Pacific. There is approximately a 90 percent chance that El Nino
conditions will continue through the northern hemisphere winter 2015-
2016. There is an 80 percent chance El Nino conditions will last
through early Spring 2016.

During July... sea surface temperature anomalies increased across the
central and eastern equatorial Pacific. Across the continuous United
States... temperature and precipitation impacts associated with El
Nino are expected to remain minimal during the remainder of the
northern hemisphere Summer and increase into the late fall and
winter. El Nino will likely continue to be a contributor to a below
normal Atlantic hurricane season. Climate outlooks and enso
discussions courtesy NOAA climate prediction
center... www.CPC.NOAA.Gov.

Note... much appreciation GOES out to our NWS cooperative weather
observers... cocorahs (community... collaborative... rain... hail and
snow network) observers... South Carolina state climate
office... southeast regional climate center... Richland County
emergency services and local weather partners for the data they
provide throughout the year. Their hard work and dedication is
greatly appreciated.

Temperature records for Columbia go back to 1887 and for Augusta
back to 1873. Precipitation records for Columbia go back to 1878 and
for Augusta back to 1871.

Additional climate information... including current and archived
daily and monthly summaries... can be found on the National Weather
Service Columbia SC home Page at
http://www.Weather.Gov/cae .


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