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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA, SC
1122 AM EST JAN 13 2009

...NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR 2008...
...SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR 2008...
...SUPERCELL TORNADO OUTBREAK MARCH 15TH...
...REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM FAY SOAK THE AREA AUGUST 25TH-26TH...

ACROSS THE MIDLANDS AND CENTRAL SAVANNAH RIVER AREA...2008 WILL
LIKELY BE REMEMBERED BY THE SUPERCELL TORNADO OUTBREAK ON MARCH
15TH. TEMPERATURES AVERAGED CLOSE TO NORMAL ACROSS THE REGION DURING
THE YEAR AND RAINFALL WAS A LITTLE BELOW NORMAL.

HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PAST YEAR...

JANUARY...THERE WAS A SNOW EVENT ON THE 16TH AND 17TH OF JANUARY. A
TRACE OF SNOW WAS REPORTED ACROSS MOST AREAS...HOWEVER UP TO 3
INCHES FELL IN LANCASTER COUNTY.

FEBRUARY...TEMPERATURES WERE ABOVE NORMAL AND PRECIPITATION WAS
SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL FOR THE MONTH. AUGUSTA REACHED A RECORD HIGH
OF 81 DEGREES ON THE 5TH BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 80 DEGREES.
IT WAS THE 14TH WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD AT COLUMBIA.

MARCH...THE SUPERCELL TORNADO OUTBREAK ON MARCH 15TH WAS ONE OF THE
BIGGEST WEATHER EVENTS TO OCCUR ACROSS THE AREA IN RECENT MEMORY.
THERE WERE OVER 40 TORNADOES CONFIRMED ACROSS SOUTH CAROLINA. ACROSS
THE MIDLANDS AND CENTRAL SAVANNAH RIVER AREA...THERE WERE 2 EF3
TORNADOES CONFIRMED. ONE EF3 TORNADO AFFECTED THE PROSPERITY AREA OF
NEWBERRY COUNTY AND THE SECOND EF3 TORNADO AFFECTED THE TOWN OF
BRANCHVILLE IN ORANGEBURG COUNTY. ALTHOUGH THE DAMAGE WAS VERY
EXTENSIVE...FORTUNATELY THERE WERE NO FATALITIES WITH THIS EVENT.

APRIL...ON THE 4TH...THERE WAS A SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK THAT
PRODUCED DAMAGING WINDS...HAIL AND 2 WEAK TORNADOES (1 EF1 AND 1
EF0). A COLD AIRMASS SETTLED OVER THE REGION DURING THE END OF THE
MONTH. RECORD LOWS WERE REACHED ON THE 30TH WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE
AT AUGUSTA OF 37 AND LOW TEMPERATURE OF 39 AT COLUMBIA.

MAY...RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 1 TO 2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL ACROSS
THE REGION. PULSE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED LARGE HAIL...UP TO GOLF
BALL SIZE AND DAMAGING WINDS ON THE 10TH. ON THE 20TH...A COUPLE OF
SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED BASEBALL SIZE HAIL IN BARNWELL
COUNTY ALONG WITH DAMAGING WINDS. AN EF1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR
GOVAN IN BAMBERG COUNTY.

JUNE...TEMPERATURES WERE WARM ACROSS THE AREA WITH BELOW NORMAL
RAINFALL. IT WAS THE 3RD DRIEST JUNE ON RECORD AT AUGUSTA. IT WAS
THE 7TH WARMEST JUNE ON RECORD AT COLUMBIA. AT COLUMBIA...THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 81.7 DEGREES OR 3.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

JULY...THE MONTH BEGAN ON THE COOL SIDE WITH RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES
ON THE 2ND AND 3RD. THE TEMPERATURE FELL TO 54 DEGREES ON THE 2ND
AT AUGUSTA. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 59 DEGREES. THE TEMPERATURE FELL
TO 61 DEGREES ON THE 3RD. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 62 DEGREES. AN
UNUSUAL FACT FOR THE MONTH WAS THAT THE MERCURY DID NOT REACH THE
CENTURY MARK AT COLUMBIA AND ONLY ONE DAY AT AUGUSTA.

AUGUST...THERE WAS ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL ACROSS THE AREA COURTESY OF
THE REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM FAY. MONTHLY RAINFALL ACROSS THE
STATE RANGED FROM 4 TO 6 INCHES WITH AMOUNTS UP TO 10 INCHES. THE
REMNANTS OF FAY MOVED ACROSS THE REGION ON THE 25TH AND 26TH
PRODUCING RAINFALL AMOUNTS FROM 1 TO 5 INCHES.

SEPTEMBER...RAINFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL DURING THE MONTH. IT WAS THE
18TH DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD AT AUGUSTA. ON THE 6TH...TROPICAL
STORM HANNA AFFECTED THE COASTAL AREAS OF THE STATE AS IT CAME
INLAND BETWEEN MYRTLE BEACH AND WILMINGTON. ON THE 26TH AND 27TH...A
STRONG COASTAL STORM AFFECTED THE EASTERN PORTION OF THE STATE.

OCTOBER...THE MONTH WAS A TALE OF TWO SEASONS WITH ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES FOR THE FIRST HALF AND BELOW NORMAL FOR THE SECOND
HALF. ON THE EVENING OF THE 24TH...AN UNUSUAL EVENT THAT WAS CAUSED
BY A GRAVITY WAVE PRODUCED STRONG WINDS ALONG A LINE FROM AUGUSTA
NORTHEAST TO LAKE MURRAY THEN INTO FAIRFIELD AND LANCASTER COUNTIES.
THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED AROUND LAKE MURRAY WHERE
NUMEROUS TREES WERE DOWNED. THE STRONG WINDS AND WAVES DAMAGED
SEVERAL DOCKS ALONG THE SHORELINE AND BOATS WERE WASHED ASHORE. A
PEAK WIND GUSTS OF 56 MPH WAS RECORDED AT FLOTILLA ISLAND.

NOVEMBER...IT WAS A CHILLY AND WET MONTH ACROSS THE REGION. IT WAS
THE 4TH COLDEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD AT COLUMBIA. THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE WAS 49.4 DEGREES OR 5.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. COLUMBIA
EXPERIENCED THE LONGEST STRETCH OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH LOW
TEMPERATURES OF 32 DEGREES OR BELOW. THE PERIOD OF 11 DAYS FROM THE
17TH THROUGH THE 27TH. IT WAS THE 4TH WETTEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD AT
AUGUSTA. THE TOTAL RAINFALL AT AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD WAS 7.24 INCHES OR
4.56 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. ON THE EVENING OF THE 14TH...STRONG
THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH A COLD FRONT PRODUCED AN EF1 TORNADO
NEAR UPPER PORTION OF LAKE MARION.

DECEMBER...IT WAS UNSEASONABLY WARM DURING THE MONTH ACROSS THE
REGION. IT WAS THE 9TH WARMEST DECEMBER ON RECORD AT AUGUSTA. THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 54.3 DEGREES OR 7.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. IT
WAS THE 14TH WARMEST DECEMBER ON RECORD AT COLUMBIA. THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE WAS 51.4 DEGREES OR 4.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ON THE
18TH AT AUGUSTA...THE MERCURY CLIMBED TO 82 DEGREES WHICH TIED THE
ALL-TIME MONTHLY HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE YEARLY TEMPERATURE AT COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT WAS 63.9
DEGREES OR 0.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT
AUGUSTA REGIONAL BUSH FIELD WAS 64.1 DEGREES OR 0.9 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL.

THE PRECIPITATION TOTAL AT COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT WAS 44.28 INCHES
OR 3.99 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. AT AUGUSTA REGIONAL BUSH FIELD THE
TOTAL PRECIPITATION WAS 43.74INCHES OR 0.84 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

AUGUSTA REGIONAL BUSH FIELD...

MONTHLY TOTAL NORMAL FOR THE MONTH DIFFERENCE

JANUARY 3.19 4.50 -1.31
FEBRUARY 3.84 4.11 -0.27
MARCH 5.20 4.61 +0.59
APRIL 2.19 2.94 -0.75
MAY 2.47 3.07 -0.60
JUNE 0.89 4.19 -3.30
JULY 4.14 4.07 +0.07
AUGUST 5.62 4.48 +1.14
SEPTEMBER 0.96 3.59 -2.64
OCTOBER 3.97 3.20 +0.77
NOVEMBER 7.24 2.68 +4.56
DECEMBER 4.04 3.14 +0.90

COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT...

MONTHLY TOTAL NORMAL FOR THE MONTH DIFFERENCE

JANUARY 3.19 4.66 -1.47
FEBRUARY 3.69 3.84 -0.15
MARCH 3.03 4.59 -1.56
APRIL 3.48 2.98 +0.50
MAY 1.80 3.17 -1.37
JUNE 2.79 4.99 -2.20
JULY 3.52 5.52 -2.02
AUGUST 8.82 5.41 +3.41
SEPTEMBER 2.34 3.94 -1.60
OCTOBER 3.21 2.89 +0.32
NOVEMBER 5.01 2.88 +2.13
DECEMBER 3.40 3.38 +0.02

TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR COLUMBIA GO BACK TO 1887 AND FOR AUGUSTA
BACK TO 1874. PRECIPITATION RECORDS FOR COLUMBIA GO BACK TO 1878 AND
FOR AUGUSTA BACK TO 1871.

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