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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
100 AM EDT FRI JUL 1 2011

...JUNE 2011 WEATHER SUMMARY FOR THE MIDLANDS AND CSRA...
...3RD WARMEST JUNE AT COLUMBIA...
...8TH WARMEST JUNE AT AUGUSTA...
...MULTIPLE SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE...
...DRY WEATHER CONTINUES FOR THE MIDLANDS AND CSRA...

THE THEME FOR JUNE ACROSS THE REGION WAS THE PERSISTENT HEAT AND THE 
CONTINUED DRY CONDITIONS. TEMPERATURES AVERAGED NEARLY 5 TO 10 
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH. IT WAS THE 3RD HOTTEST 
JUNE ON RECORD AT COLUMBIA AND THE 8TH HOTTEST JUNE ON RECORD AT 
AUGUSTA. THE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR BOTH COLUMBIA AND AUGUSTA 
WERE 90 DEGREES OR ABOVE FOR EVERY DAY OF THE MONTH. THIS IS THE 
FIRST JUNE IN HISTORY AT COLUMBIA WHERE EVERY DAY THE HIGH 
TEMPERATURE WAS 90 DEGREES OR HIGHER. IT IS THE SECOND JUNE ON 
RECORD FOR AUGUSTA WERE EVERYDAY WAS 90 DEGREES OR HIGHER. THE ONLY 
OTHER YEAR WAS JUNE 1952. WHICH IS ALSO THE WARMEST JUNE ON RECORD 
AT AUGUSTA. THE WEATHER ACROSS THE REGION WAS THE DOMINATED BY THE 
STRONG MIDDLE AND UPPER LEVEL AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE THAT PERSISTED 
ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN PORTION OF THE COUNTRY. AT BOTH 
COLUMBIA AND AUGUSTA THERE HAVE BEEN 34 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF HIGH 
TEMPERATURES AT OR ABOVE 90 DEGREES. THE TREND BEGAN ON MAY 28TH. AT 
COLUMBIA THIS TIES FOR THE 6TH LONGEST STREAK ON RECORD WITH 1992. 
THE RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF 90 DEGREES OR HIGHER AT COLUMBIA 
IS 54 DAYS DURING THE SUMMER OF 1986. AT AUGUSTA THIS IS THE 7TH 
LONGEST STREAK ON RECORD. THE RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF 90 
DEGREES OR HIGHER AT AUGUSTA IS ALSO 54 DAYS DURING THE SUMMER 1986. 

THE OTHER BIG STORY FOR THE MONTH WAS THE NUMBER OF DAYS WITH STRONG 
TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. AT LEAST ONE WARNING OR MORE WAS ISSUED ON 
18 OF THE 30 DAYS DURING THE MONTH. THERE WERE OVER 90 SEVERE 
THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS ISSUED FOR THE MONTH AND OVER 200 REPORTS OF 
SEVERE WEATHER RECEIVED AT THE OFFICE. MOST OF THE EVENTS INVOLVED 
STRONG DAMAGING WINDS THAT BROUGHT DOWN TREES AND POWERLINES. THERE 
WERE ALSO SEVERAL EVENTS WHERE LARGE HAIL WAS OBSERVED. THE AREA 
ASOS AND AWOS SYSTEMS RECORDED SOME VERY STRONG WIND GUSTS 
ASSOCIATED WITH THE STORMS. 

HERE ARE THE PEAK WIND GUSTS FOR THE MONTH AT EACH STATION: 


AUGUSTA REGIONAL BUSH FIELD.....67 MPH ON THE 15TH.
AUGUSTA DANIEL FIELD............62 MPH ON THE 15TH.
MCENTIRE ANG BASE...............61 MPH ON THE 15TH.
MCWHIRTER FIELD LANCASTER.......58 MPH ON THE 18TH.
ORANGEBURG AIRPORT..............56 MPH ON THE 26TH.
COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT..........52 MPH ON THE 2ND.
OWENS FIELD DOWNTOWN AIRPORT....45 MPH ON THE 2ND.


CHECKING SOME OF THE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES FROM THE OUR 
COOPERATIVE WEATHER OBSERVERS SHOWED MANY LOCATION CLIMBED AT OR 
ABOVE THE CENTURY MARK. 

HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURES RECORDED DURING THE 
MONTH:

WATEREE DAM (WATS1)...............105 DEGREES ON THE 22ND.
UNIV. OF SOUTH CAROLINA (USCS1)...104 DEGREES ON THE 21ST.
LONGTOWN (LNTS1)..................103 DEGREES ON THE 21ST AND 22ND.
CHESTERFIELD (CTFS1)..............103 DEGREES ON THE 22ND.
BATESBURG (BATS1).................102 DEGREES ON THE 21ST.

AS FOR PRECIPITATION...RAINFALL ACROSS THE AREA WAS GENERALLY 
BETWEEN 2 AND 3 INCHES...WHICH IS BELOW NORMAL FOR THE MONTH OF 
JUNE. THE HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS WERE ACROSS THE NORTHERN  
AND WESTERN PORTION OF THE CENTRAL SAVANNAH RIVE AREA WHERE 4 TO 6 
INCHES OF RAIN FELL. THE LOWEST PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS WERE ACROSS 
THE PEE DEE REGION WHERE 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN FELL.   

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS...

AS SEVERE STORMS MOVED ACROSS FORT GORDON NEAR AUGUSTA ON JUNE 
15TH...24 SOLDIERS WERE INJURED FROM DEBRIS CRASHING ONTO THEIR 
TENTS FROM THE STRONG WINDS. 

LIGHTNING PRODUCED BY A THUNDERSTORM ACROSS NORTHERN CHESTERFIELD 
COUNTY NEAR THE TOWN OF RUBY ON JUNE 21ST STRUCK 4 PEOPLE AT A 
SOFTBALL FIELD. ONE OF THE PEOPLE DIED AND 2 OTHERS WERE TREATED AND 
RELEASED.

LIGHTNING PRODUCED BY A THUNDERSTORM OVER DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA STRUCK A 
TREE WHERE 5 LANDSCAPE AND MAINTENANCE WORKERS WERE RESTING. TWO 
WORKERS WERE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING AND THE OTHER 3 WORKERS WERE SHAKEN 
UP BY THE EVENT. ONE OF THE WORKERS WAS TREATED AND RELEASED.  

TEMPERATURES...

RECORD DAILY TEMPERATURES FOR APRIL 2011 FOR COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN 
AIRPORT (CAE) AND AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD (AGS):

AT COLUMBIA...
CAE MINIMUM 76 28TH...TIED 1969      

AT AUGUSTA...THERE WERE NO RECORDS EITHER TIED OR BROKEN
    
COLDEST TEMP OF THE MONTH
CAE 68 4TH...7TH...15TH AND 25TH
AGS 64 8TH...10TH AND 11TH

WARMEST TEMP OF THE MONTH
CAE 101 20TH AND 21ST
AGS 101 20TH AND 21ST


COLUMBIA SC METROPOLITAN AIRPORT (CAE) AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...

         AVG HIGH/DEEP  AVG LOW/DEEP   AVG TEMP  NORMAL  DEPARTURE 

JAN 2010  52.4/-2.7     29.6/-4.4     41.0      44.6    -3.6
FEB       51.8/-7.7     31.2/-5.1     41.5      47.9    -6.4
MAR       65.7/-1.7     41.1/-2.4     53.4      55.4    -2.0
APR       80.3/+4.6     51.3/+0.6     65.8      63.2    +2.6
MAY       86.6/+3.5     65.3/+5.3     76.0      71.6    +4.4
JUN       94.6/+5.5     72.8/+4.9     83.7      78.5    +5.2 
JUL       95.1/+3.0     73.7/+1.9     84.4      82.0    +2.4 
AUG       92.3/+2.3     74.6/+4.6     83.5      80.3    +3.2 
SEP       91.3/+6.5     66.6/+2.0     78.9      74.7    +4.2 
OCT       79.8/+4.0     51.2/-0.3     65.5      63.7    +1.8 
NOV       68.3/+1.6     41.9/-0.7     55.1      54.7    +0.4
DEC       51.1/-6.7     28.2/-7.9     39.6      47.0    -7.4 
ANNUAL    75.8/+0.5     52.3/+0.7     64.0      63.6    +0.4

JAN 2011  52.7/-2.4     30.7/-5.5     41.7      44.6    -2.9 
FEB       64.6/+5.1     39.7/+3.4     52.2      47.9    +4.3
MAR       68.6/+1.2     45.7/+2.2     57.1      55.4    +1.7 
APR       80.9/+5.2     54.6/+3.9     67.8      63.2    +4.6 
MAY       85.5/+2.4     62.8/+2.8     74.2      71.6    +2.6
JUN       95.2/+6.1     71.4/+3.5     83.3      78.5    +4.8   
 

AUGUSTA GA BUSH FIELD (AGS) AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...

         AVG HIGH/DEEP  AVG LOW/DEEP  AVG TEMP   NORMAL  DEPARTURE
JAN 2010  53.9/-2.6     29.5/-3.6    41.7      44.8     -3.1
FEB       53.6/-7.7     30.6/-4.9    42.1      48.4     -6.3
MAR       66.0/-3.2     39.5/-3.0    52.8      55.9     -3.1
APR       80.9/+4.2     47.7/+0.4    64.3      62.4     +1.9 
MAY       86.9/+3.0     61.4/+4.2    74.2      70.5     +3.7
JUN       95.9/+6.3     69.6/+4.2    82.8      77.5     +5.3
JUL       95.8/+3.8     71.5/+1.9    83.6      80.8     +2.8
AUG       92.4/+2.2     72.2/+4.3    82.3      79.3     +3.0
SEP       91.5/+6.2     61.9/-0.5    76.7      73.8     +2.9
OCT       81.1/+4.6     47.3/-2.3    64.2      63.1     +1.1
NOV       70.1/+2.3     39.7/-1.2    54.9      54.4     +0.5
DEC       52.9/-6.2     26.0/-8.7    39.4      46.9     -7.5
ANNUAL    76.8/+1.1     49.7/-1.0    63.2      63.2      0.0

JAN 2011  54.1/-2.4     29.2/-3.9    41.7      44.8     -3.1 
FEB       65.9/+4.6     36.9/+1.4    51.4      48.4     +3.0
MAR       71.4/+2.2     43.9/+1.4    57.6      55.9     +1.7
APR       82.6/+5.9     51.6/+3.5    67.1      62.4     +4.7
MAY       86.7/+2.8     57.7/+0.5    72.2      70.5     +1.7 
JUN       96.2/+6.6     67.9/+2.5    82.0      77.5     +4.5   

PRECIPITATION...


COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT PRECIPITATION...

                    TOTAL       NORMAL      DIFFERENCE
                  (INCHES)
JANUARY 2010        3.18         4.66         -1.48  
FEBRUARY            2.88         3.84         -0.96 
MARCH               2.34         4.59         -2.25     
APRIL               0.91         2.98         -2.07  
MAY                 2.10         3.17         -1.07 
JUNE                4.20         4.99         -0.79 
JULY                7.70         5.54         +2.16 
AUGUST              5.56         5.41         +0.15 
SEPTEMBER           1.94         3.94         -2.00 
OCTOBER             1.83         2.89         -1.06 
NOVEMBER            1.46         2.88         -1.42 
DECEMBER            1.40         3.38         -1.98 
ANNUAL             35.50        48.27        -12.77

JANUARY 2011        1.70         4.66         -2.96 
FEBRUARY            4.21         3.84         +0.37 
MARCH               4.00         4.59         -0.59
APRIL               2.76         2.98         -0.22 
MAY                 2.74         3.17         -0.43
JUNE                2.87         4.99         -2.12


AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD PRECIPITATION...

                    TOTAL       NORMAL      DIFFERENCE  
                  (INCHES)  

JANUARY 2010        5.39         4.50         +0.89 
FEBRUARY            2.37         4.11         -1.74 
MARCH               3.20         4.61         -1.41 
APRIL               1.20         2.94         -1.74 
MAY                 1.36         3.07         -1.71 
JUNE                2.19         4.19         -2.00  
JULY                5.86         4.07         +1.79 
AUGUST              2.04         4.48         -2.44 
SEPTEMBER           1.89         3.59         -1.70 
OCTOBER             0.67         3.20         -2.53 
NOVEMBER            1.30         2.68         -1.38 
DECEMBER            1.17         3.14         -1.97 
ANNUAL             28.61        44.58        -15.97

JANUARY 2011        2.11         4.50         -2.39 
FEBRUARY            4.31         4.11         +0.20
MARCH               5.45         4.61         +0.84
APRIL               1.93         2.94         -1.01
MAY                 2.50         3.07         -0.57
JUNE                1.98         4.19         -2.21

.NOTE...
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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VAUGHAN



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