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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service
125 PM EDT Tue Aug 9 2016

...July 2016 Climate Summary...

...Warmest July on Record at Columbia...
...Warmest Month on Record at Columbia...
...7th Warmest July at Augusta...
...3rd Driest July at Augusta...
...10th Driest July at Columbia...
...Very active month for severe thunderstorms across the area...

July...much like June...will be remembered for the persistent hot
weather across the region. It was the warmest July on record at
Columbia and even more interesting, it was the hottest month ever
on record. It was also the 7th warmest July on record at Augusta.
Rainfall for the month varied from 2 to 5 inches across the western
Midlands and northern CSRA to 4 to 10 inches across the eastern
Midlands and Pee Dee region. The highest rainfall amounts stretched
from Chesterfield county...up to 10 inches...southward across Lee
county into Clarendon county.

The average temperature at Augusta Regional Bush Field was 85.1
degrees or 3.3 degrees above the normal of 81.8 degrees. The average
temperature at Columbia Metro Airport was 87.2 degrees or 5.0
degrees above the normal of 82.2 degrees.

It was the warmest July on record at Columbia. Here are the top 5
warmest July years:

1. 87.2 degrees 2016
2. 86.2 degrees 1993
3. 86.1 degrees 1986
4. 85.5 degrees 2011
5. 85.3 degrees 2015

It was the 3rd driest July on record at Augusta. Here are the top 5 driest
July years:

1. 1.02 inches 1987
2. 1.19 inches 1908
3. 1.31 inches 2016
4. 1.44 inches 1983
5. 1.46 inches 1953


Other notable average monthly temperatures from our NWS Coop
Observers.


BAMS1 Bamberg........85.3 - 2nd warmest July on record. Records
began in 1951.

ORBS1 Orangeburg 2...84.5 - 2nd warmest July on record. Records
began 1953.

Univ. of SC Columbia 88.7 - 2nd warmest July on record. Records
began in 1954.

CEWS1 Cheraw.........10.40 inches - 6th wettest July on record.
Records began in 1893.

Univ. of SC Columbia  1.64 inches - 2nd driest July on record.
Records began in 1954.


Augusta Bush Field received 1.31 inches of rainfall for the month.
Columbia Metro Airport received 1.79 inches of rainfall for the
month. Orangeburg County Airport received 4.14 inches of rainfall
for the month.


Here are some of the highest rainfall CoCoRaHS Reports for July:

SC-CF-3  Pageland 2.9 ESE.........7.69 inches
SC-OR-25 Cope 4.1 NE..............7.40 inches
SC-SM-10 Sumter 0.3 ENE...........7.27 inches
SC-SM-1  Sumter 1.3 SE............7.13 inches
SC-SM-13 Sumter 0.2 NE............6.98 inches

GA-CU-7  Grovetown 3.4 NE.........5.96 inches
GA-CU-9  Appling 2.0 SE...........4.94 inches


Here are some of the highest NWS Coop Observer Reports for July:

CEWS1 Cheraw Water Plant.........10.40 inches
SMRS1 Sumter......................8.40 inches
CTFS1 Chesterfield 3 E............8.14 inches
SPRS1 Springfield.................6.20 inches
ORBS1 Orangeburg 2................5.71 inches

Here are some of the lowest NWS Coop Observer Reports for July:

MCCS1 McCormick...................0.75 inches
CHPS1 Lake Greenwood..............1.50 inches
BLYS1 Cedar Creek.................1.50 inches
LIMS1 Little Mountain.............1.53 inches
USCS1 Columbia Univ. of SC........1.88 inches


HIGHEST WIND GUSTS AT EACH ASOS LOCATION DURING THE MONTH:

Augusta Bush Field (AGS)..............58 mph on the 5th
Columbia Metro Airport (CAE)..........46 mph on the 15th
Augusta Daniel Field (DNL)............42 mph on the 6th
Orangeburg County Airport (OGB).......40 mph on the 15th
Columbia Hamilton Owens Field (CUB)...38 mph on the 5th


HIGHEST WIND GUSTS AT EACH LAKE OBSERVING SITE DURING THE MONTH:

Lake Murray Flotilla Island (LMFS1)...53 mph on the 5th
Lake Murray Dam (RCWinds).............47 mph on the 10th
Lake Murray Towers (USGS).............40 mph on the 5th
Lake Wateree (WATS1)..................39 mph on the 4th


WATER TEMPERATURE AT THE LAKE MURRAY TOWERS (DEPTH APPROX. 6 FEET):
WARMEST...89.9 degrees on the 25th
COOLEST...82.5 degrees on the 1st

WATER TEMPERATURE AT THE SALUDA RIVER NEAR PROSPERITY:
WARMEST...91.4 degrees on the 27th
COOLEST...83.5 degrees on the 7th

WATER TEMPERATURE AT THE LITTLE SALUDA RIVER NEAR PROSPERITY:
WARMEST...91.8 degrees on the 26th
COOLEST...83.1 degrees on the 7th



TEMPERATURE RECORDS TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE MONTH OF July:

AUGUSTA...
None

COLUMBIA...

On the 3rd...the afternoon high temperature of 104 degrees broke the
previous record of 103 degrees set in 1970.

On the 3rd...the morning low of 77 degrees tied the record high
minimum temperature set in 1913 and 1897.

On the 4th...the morning low of 78 degrees broke the record high
minimum temperature of 77 degrees set in 1902.

On the 5th...the afternoon high temperature of 103 degrees broke the
previous record of 102 degrees set in 2012 and 1954.

On the 5th...the morning low of 77 degrees tied the record high
minimum temperature set in 1902.

On the 6th...the morning low of 76 degrees tied the record high
minimum temperature set in 2002 and 1902.



EVENTS FOR July 2016:

July 5th-9th...A weak trough of low pressure stretched from the
Upstate into North Carolina through the period. The airmass became
moderately to strongly unstable each afternoon as temperature climbed
into the middle 90s to around 100 degrees through the period. Scattered
strong to severe thunderstorms developed each afternoon and evening
across the area. There were numerous reports of downed trees and
powerlines.

On the 5th...the ASOS at Augusta Bush Field reported a wind gust
of 58 mph. The NWS site at Flotilla Island reported a wind gust
of 53 mph. On the 6th...damaging winds downed a tree on a home in
the town of Saluda. On the 8th...strong damaging winds downed
trees on two homes in the city of Columbia.


July 15th and 16th...A trough of low pressure across the Piedmont of
South Carolina was the focus for the development of strong to severe
thunderstorms. A tree fell on a house injuring one person in the city
of Columbia.

July 11th...Slow moving thunderstorms produced locally heavy rainfall
across Chesterfield county. The heaviest rain fell in the community of
Mount Croghan where radar estimated amounts from 4 to 6 inches. This
produced flooding along Thompson Creek which flooded the bridge on
Hornsboro Road near Rudolph Sikes Road. At one point the creek was
150 to 200 feet wide.



YEAR TO DATE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION STATISTICS...

COLUMBIA SC METROPOLITAN AIRPORT 2015/2016 MONTHLY AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL...

          AVG HIGH/DEP   AVG LOW/DEP   AVG TEMP   NORM  DEPARTURE
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
AUG       92.9/+2.2      72.2/+1.2      82.6      80.8    +1.8
SEP       85.9/+0.7      67.6/+3.4      76.7      74.7    +2.0
OCT       75.6/-0.5      53.6/+1.5      64.6      64.1    +0.5
NOV       69.4/+2.1      48.6/+6.3      59.0      54.8    +4.2
DEC       70.1/+11.9     50.1/+14.8     60.1      46.7   +13.4

JAN 2016  55.1/-0.9      33.6/-0.1      44.3      44.8    -0.5
FEB       60.1/-0.2      37.9/+1.1      49.0      48.5    +0.5
MAR       75.0/+6.8      49.8/+6.8      62.4      55.6    +6.8
APR       78.1/+1.8      53.6/+3.2      65.8      63.4    +2.4
MAY       83.4/-0.4      61.9/+2.4      72.7      71.7    +1.0
JUN       94.2/+4.2      71.7/+3.5      83.0      79.1    +3.9
JUL       99.2/+6.5      75.2/+3.6      87.2      82.2    +5.0


AUGUSTA GA BUSH FIELD 2015/2016 MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AND
DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL...

          AVG HIGH/DEP   AVG LOW/DEP   AVG TEMP   NORM  DEPARTURE
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
AUG       91.4/-0.4      69.8/+0.5     80.6       80.5    +0.1
SEP       85.5/-1.2      65.1/+2.5     75.3       74.6    +0.7
OCT       77.7/-2.1      52.4/+1.4     64.0       64.4    -0.4
NOV       70.2/+1.1      47.0/+5.6     58.6       55.2    +3.4
DEC       70.3/+10.3     48.3/+13.8    59.3       47.2   +12.1

JAN 2016  55.3/-2.6      33.1/+0.3     44.2       45.4    -1.2
FEB       61.7/-0.6      37.9/+2.0     49.8       49.0    +0.7
MAR       74.4/+4.5      47.1/+5.1     60.8       55.9    +4.9
APR       77.5/+0.2      50.1/+2.0     63.8       62.7    +1.2
MAY       83.2/-1.8      58.2/+0.9     70.7       71.1    -0.4
JUN       92.2/+1.2      68.8/+2.6     80.5       78.6    +1.9
JUL       97.5/+4.1      71.7/+1.9     84.6       81.6    +3.0

COLUMBIA SC METROPOLITAN AIRPORT 2015/2016 MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...

               TOTAL   NORMAL   DEPARTURE
              (INCHES)
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
AUG            4.85     5.26    -0.41
SEP            6.15     3.54    +2.61
OCT           14.46     3.17   +11.29
NOV            5.47     2.74    +2.73
DEC            6.45     3.22    +3.23
ANNUAL        63.58    44.59   +18.99

JAN 2016       1.94     3.58    -1.64
FEB            4.69     3.61    +1.08
MAR            1.88     3.73    -1.85
APR            2.80     2.62    +0.18
MAY            2.61     2.97    -0.36
JUN            2.39     4.69    -2.30
JUL            1.79     5.46    -3.67

AUGUSTA GA BUSH FIELD 2015/2016 MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...

               TOTAL   NORMAL   DEPARTURE
              (INCHES)
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
AUG            3.74     4.32     -0.58
SEP            4.05     3.22     +0.83
OCT            4.62     3.27     +1.35
NOV            5.41     2.82     +2.59
DEC            6.92     3.39     +3.53
ANNUAL        47.39    43.57     +3.82

JAN 2016       1.66     3.91     -2.25
FEB            3.76     3.92     -0.16
MAR            3.18     4.18     -1.00
APR            4.42     2.84     +1.58
MAY            5.71     2.65     +3.06
JUN            2.87     4.72     -1.85
JUL            1.31     4.33     -3.02



THE 3-MONTH OUTLOOK FOR SUMMER/FALL
(August/September/October)...

The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of above normal
temperatures with equal chances for above...below or normal
rainfall.

ENSO (EL NINO SOUTHERN OSCILLATION)...
...ENSO Neutral Conditions Present...
...La Nina Watch...

Equatorial sea surface temperatures are near or below average
across the east-central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean.
La Nina is favored to develop during the Northern Hemisphere
late Summer to early Fall 2016. There is about a 55 to 60 percent
chance of La Nina during the Fall and Winter 2016-17.


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...USGS 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 .

$$

VAUGHAN



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