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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
514 AM EDT SAT SEP 6 2014

...AUGUST 2014 CLIMATE SUMMARY... 

...TEMPERATURES CLOSE TO NORMAL FOR THE MONTH...
...PRECIPITATION QUITE VARIABLE FOR THE MONTH...
...TWO FLOODING EVENTS ALONG ROCKY BRANCH CREEK IN COLUMBIA...
...MINOR FLOODING ALONG THE CONGAREE RIVER AT CAROLINA EASTMAN 
THE 3RD... 


TEMPERATURES DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST AVERAGED SLIGHTLY ABOVE 
NORMAL. HOWEVER...RAINFALL ACROSS THE MIDLANDS AND CENTRAL SAVANNAH 
RIVER AREA WAS EXTREMELY VARIABLE DEPENDING ON YOUR LOCATION. DUE TO 
THE CONVECTIVE NATURE AND INCONSISTENT RAINFALL DURING THE 
MONTH...THOSE WHO FARM AND GARDEN DID NOT RECEIVE THE CONSISTENT 
RAINFALL THEY NEEDED. THERE WERE A HANDFUL OF SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS 
ACROSS THE AREA AND TWO FLOODING EVENTS IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA ALONG 
ROCKY BRANCH CREEK. 

ALTHOUGH NOT IN THE TOP 10 OF ANY CATEGORY...THERE WERE A COUPLE OF 
INTERESTING FACTS FOR THE MONTH. IT WAS THE 13TH DRIEST AUGUST ON 
RECORD AT AUGUSTA. IT WAS THE 19TH WARMEST AUGUST ON RECORD AT 
COLUMBIA. NOT ALL THAT EXTREME...BUT JUST A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES OF 
THE VARIABILITY IN TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION. 

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT AUGUSTA REGIONAL BUSH FIELD WAS 79.7 
DEGREES OR 0.8 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 80.5 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE 
TEMPERATURE AT COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT WAS 82.0 DEGREES OR 1.2 
DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 80.8 DEGREES. 

RAINFALL AVERAGED 2 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS THE MIDLANDS AND CENTRAL 
SAVANNAH RIVER AREA OF GEORGIA DURING THE MONTH. THE DRIEST AREA WAS 
ACROSS THE WESTERN MIDLANDS AND PIEDMONT OF SOUTH CAROLINA. THIS 
INCLUDES THE COUNTIES OF SALUDA AND NEWBERRY. SOME OF THESE 
LOCATIONS ONLY RECEIVED BETWEEN 1 AND 2 INCHES OF RAINFALL. THE 
AREAS THAT SAW THE MOST RAINFALL WERE ACROSS BURKE COUNTY GEORGIA 
ALONG WITH FAIRFIELD...KERSHAW AND LEE COUNTIES OF SOUTH CAROLINA. 
SOME OF THESE AREAS RECEIVED OVER 6 INCHES OF RAINFALL.  


HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHEST COCORAHS RAINFALL REPORTS FOR AUGUST: 
...COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE RAIN HAIL AND SNOW 
NETWORK......WWW.COCORAHS.ORG

SC-CD-2  MANNING 8.2 S..................9.28 INCHES
SC-KR-9  ELGIN 1.2 SW...................9.55 INCHES
SC-KR-8  CAMDEN 4.2 ENE.................8.18 INCHES
SC-KR-16 ELGIN 1.9 NE...................7.95 INCHES
SC-KR-4  CAMDEN 6.6 NE..................7.02 INCHES


HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHEST NWS COOP OBSERVER REPORTS FOR AUGUST:

WNBS1 WINNSBORO.................6.37 INCHES
LUGS1 LUGOFF 2NE................5.58 INCHES
SAHS1 SANDHILLS RESEARCH CTR....5.47 INCHES
USCS1 COLUMBIA UNIV. OF SC......5.17 INCHES
ORBS1 ORANGEBURG 2..............4.87 INCHES


HIGHEST WIND GUSTS AT EACH ASOS LOCATION DURING THE MONTH:

HAMILTON OWENS AIRPORT (CUB)......60 MPH ON THE 8TH
COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT (CAE)......38 MPH ON THE 8TH
AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD (AGS)..........36 MPH ON THE 31ST
AUGUSTA DANIEL FIELD (DNL)........33 MPH ON THE 12TH
ORANGEBURG COUNTY AIRPORT (OGB)...28 MPH ON THE 18TH


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

LAKE THURMOND DAM (CHDS1)...............44 MPH ON THE 8TH
WATEREE DAM (WATS1).....................37 MPH ON THE 31ST
LAKE MURRAY TOWERS (IRMS1)..............32 MPH ON THE 12TH
FLOTILLA ISLAND (LMFS1).................31 MPH ON THE 9TH
 

RECORDS TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE MONTH AT AUGUSTA: 
ON THE 2ND...SET A NEW RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THE DATE. 
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 78 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 80 
DEGREES SET IN 1977.  

ON THE 28TH...SET A NEW RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE FOR THE DATE. THE 
MINIMUM TEMPERATURE WAS 56 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 59 
DEGREES SET IN 1969...1968...1944 AND 1927.   

RECORDS TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE MONTH AT COLUMBIA: 
ON THE 31ST...TIED THE RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 76 DEGREES 
SET IN 2014 AND 2001. 


EVENTS FOR AUGUST 2014:

AUGUST 3RD...HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE UPSTATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA 
COMBINED WITH AREA RESERVOIR RELEASES PRODUCED RISES ALONG THE 
CONGAREE RIVER RESULTING IN SOME MINOR FLOODING. THE RIVER GAGE AT 
CAROLINA EASTMAN CRESTED AT 115.0 FEET. FLOOD STAGE IS ALSO 115.0 
FEET. SOME MINOR FLOODING FLOODING OCCURRED ALONG THE CAYCE AND WEST 
COLUMBIA RIVERWALK AS THE CONGAREE RIVER REACHED 10.1 FEET. ADVISORY 
STAGE FOR THIS STRETCH OF THE CONGAREE RIVER IS 10.0 FEET. FLOOD 
STAGE IS 19.0 FEET. AT LEVELS OF 10.0 FEET AND ABOVE SOME MINOR 
FLOODING OCCURS ALONG THE RIVERWALK AREA. 

AUGUST 8TH...STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE WIND DAMAGE AND 
LARGE HAIL ACROSS THE MIDLANDS AND CENTRAL SAVANNAH RIVER AREA. 
THERE WERE REPORTS OF MULTIPLE TREES DOWN IN COLUMBIA AND MCDUFFIE 
COUNTIES IN GEORGIA AS WELL AS MCCORMICK COUNTY. ONE INCH HAIL WAS 
REPORTED IN RICHLAND COUNTY. STRONG WINDS WERE ASSOCIATED WITH THE 
STORMS. THE STORMS ALSO PRODUCED LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL.

HERE ARE A FEW WIND REPORTS FROM THE EVENT:
PUBLIC REPORT IN LEXINGTON COUNTY.........64 MPH
HAMILTON OWENS AIRPORT COLUMBIA (CUB).....60 MPH
HEADQUARTERS (RCWINDS)....................38 MPH
WILLIAMS BRICE STADIUM (RCWINDS)..........36 MPH

HERE ARE A FEW RAINFALL REPORTS FROM THE EVENT:
PUBLIC REPORT LEXINGTON COUNTY............2.82 INCHES
DETENTION CENTER (RCWINDS)................2.68 INCHES
PINE VIEW-GARNERS FERRY (RCWINDS).........1.65 INCHES

AUGUST 9TH...SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED VERY HEAVY RAIN OVER 
DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA THAT PRODUCED RAPID RISES ALONG ROCKY BRANCH 
CREEK. AT THE USC RAIN GAGE...2.28 INCHES OF RAIN FELL. BETWEEN 855 
PM AND 925 PM...JUST 30 MINUTES...2.00 INCHES OF RAIN FELL. THIS 
PRODUCED UP TO 4 FEET OF WATER ACROSS WHALEY STREET AT THE TRAIN 
TRESTLE NEAR MAIN STREET. A CAR STALLED IN THE WATER WHICH WAS 
EVENTUALLY COVERED THE HOOD OF THE CAR. ALTHOUGH NO INJURIES...FOUR 
PEOPLE HAD TO BE RESCUED FROM THE VEHICLE. ROCKY BRANCH CREEK AT 
PICKENS AND BLOSSOM STREET CRESTED AT 9.19 FEET 930 PM...FLOOD STAGE 
IS 7.2 FEET. AT WHALEY AND MAIN STREETS...THE CREEK CRESTED AT 10.36 
FEET AT 945 PM...FLOOD STAGE IS ALSO 7.2 FEET. 

AUGUST 8TH-10TH...SLOW MOVING STORMS PRODUCED LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL 
ACROSS THE COLUMBIA AREA. HERE ARE SOME 3 DAY RAINFALL TOTALS FROM 
THE RICHLAND COUNTY MESONET (RCWINDS):

DETENTION CENTER.............5.83 INCHES
PINE VIEW-GARNERS FERRY......3.77 INCHES
WILLIAMS BRICE STADIUM.......3.23 INCHES
GADSDEN......................2.83 INCHES
MARTIN LUTHER KING PARK......2.48 INCHES

AUGUST 12TH...SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS ONCE AGAIN PRODUCED LOCALLY 
HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE COLUMBIA METRO AREA. THIS PRODUCED 
LOCALIZED FLOODING IN PARTS OF RICHLAND COUNTY. AT ELDERS POND 
(RCWINDS) SITE...3.07 INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN ABOUT 1 HOUR. AT SPRING 
VALLEY H.S. (RCWINDS) SITE...2.45 INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN JUST OVER 
AN HOUR. 

AUGUST 18TH...ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS DOWNED TREES AND POWER 
LINES IN THE BATESBURG-LEESVILLE AREA. 

AUGUST 20TH...ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED NICKEL TO 
QUARTER SIZE HAIL IN MCDUFFIE COUNTY. 

AUGUST 27-28TH...THE COOLEST AIR OF THE LATE SUMMER SEASON ARRIVED 
AS HIGH PRESSURE BUILT SOUTHWARD FROM NEW ENGLAND. HERE ARE SOME OF 
THE LOW TEMPERATURES:

MORNING OF AUGUST 27TH...
CEDAR CREEK (BLYS1).................55 DEGREES
LANDFILL (RCWINDS)..................57 DEGREES
HWY 601-LEESBURG (RCWINDS)..........58 DEGREES
UPPER RICHLAND (RCWINDS)............58 DEGREES
BEAR CREEK (RCWINDS)................59 DEGREES
DUTCH FORK (RCWINDS)................59 DEGREES
SPRINGHILL (RCWINDS)................59 DEGREES
BISHOPVILLE (BSPS1).................59 DEGREES
LONGTOWN (LNTS1)....................59 DEGREES
LITTLE MOUNTAIN (LIMS1).............59 DEGREES
SALUDA FILTER PLANT (SADS1).........59 DEGREES
AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD (AGS)............59 DEGREES

MORNING OF AUGUST 28TH...
BATESBURG (BATS1)...................52 DEGREES
CEDAR CREEK (BLYS1).................55 DEGREES
PELION (PLNS1)......................55 DEGREES
AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD (AGS)............56 DEGREES (RECORD)
SALUDA FILTER PLANT (SADS1).........56 DEGREES
LUGOFF 2 NE (LUGS1).................58 DEGREES
JOHNSTON (JOHS1)....................58 DEGREES
LAKE WATEREE (WATS1)................59 DEGREES
MCENTIRE ANG (MMT)..................59 DEGREES
NEWBERRY WKDK (NWYS1)...............59 DEGREES
BARNWELL (BNLS1)....................59 DEGREES
CLARKS HILL (CHDS1).................59 DEGREES
MCCORMICK (MCCS1)...................59 DEGREES
ORANGEBURG WATER PLNT (ORBS1).......59 DEGREES

AUGUST 31ST...
EXTREMELY WARM TEMPERATURES THAT APPROACHED 100 DEGREES ACROSS THE 
AREA COMBINED WITH AN EXTREMELY MOIST AIRMASS PRODUCED THUNDERSTORMS 
WITH LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL. ONCE AGAIN...HEAVY RAIN FELL ACROSS 
DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA AND FLOODING OCCURRED ALONG ROCKY BRANCH CREEK. AT 
THE USC RAIN GAGE...1.77 INCHES OF RAIN FELL BETWEEN 430 PM AND 
540PM. ROCKY BRANCH CREEK AT PICKENS AND BLOSSOM STREET CRESTED AT 
9.07 FEET AT 530 PM. FLOOD STAGE IS 7.2 FEET. AT WHALEY AND MAIN 
STREETS THE CREEK CRESTED TO 9.89 FEET AT 546 PM. FLOOD STAGE IS 7.2 
FEET. 


YEAR TO DATE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION STATISTICS...

COLUMBIA SC METROPOLITAN AIRPORT 2013/2014 MONTHLY AVERAGE 
TEMPERATURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL...

          AVG HIGH/DEP   AVG LOW/DEP   AVG TEMP   NORM  DEPARTURE 
JAN 2013  64.0/+8.0      41.1/+7.4      52.5      44.8    +7.7
FEB       59.2/-1.1      36.2/-0.6      47.7      48.5    -0.8
MAR       63.5/-4.7      38.5/-4.5      51.0      55.6    -4.6 
APR       76.7/+0.4      53.4/+3.0      65.0      63.4    +1.6 
MAY       81.4/-2.4      59.2/-0.3      70.3      71.7    -1.4
JUN       88.1/-1.9      70.1/+1.9      79.1      79.1     0.0
JUL       88.4/-4.3      72.7/+1.1      80.5      82.2    -1.7 
AUG       87.6/-3.1      71.0/ 0.0      79.3      80.8    -1.5    
SEP       86.9/+1.7      65.5/+0.3      76.2      74.7    +1.5 
OCT       77.9/+1.8      54.8/+2.7      66.3      64.1    +2.2
NOV       65.0/-2.3      40.5/-1.8      52.7      54.8    -2.1  
DEC       62.5/+4.3      40.6/+5.3      51.5      46.7    +4.8      
ANNUAL    75.1/-0.4      53.6/+1.2      64.4      63.9    +0.5

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 

AUGUSTA GA BUSH FIELD 2013/2014 MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AND 
DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL...

          AVG HIGH/DEP   AVG LOW/DEP   AVG TEMP   NORM  DEPARTURE 
JAN 2013  65.4/+7.5      39.4/+6.6     52.4       45.4    +7.0 
FEB       59.8/-2.5      35.5/-0.4     47.6       49.1    -1.5 
MAR       63.8/-6.1      37.9/-4.1     50.8       55.9    -5.1 
APR       76.2/-1.1      48.5/+0.4     62.4       62.7    -0.3 
MAY       81.0/-4.0      55.8/-1.5     68.4       71.1    -2.7 
JUN       88.2/-2.8      67.4/+1.2     77.8       78.6    -0.8 
JUL       87.9/-5.5      71.0/+1.2     79.5       81.6    -2.1 
AUG       87.7/-4.1      68.6/-0.7     78.2       80.5    -2.3 
SEP       87.2/+0.5      61.8/-0.8     74.5       74.6    -0.1 
OCT       78.4/+0.7      51.9/+0.9     65.2       64.4    +0.8 
NOV       65.9/-3.2      38.7/-2.7     52.3       55.2    -2.9
DEC       62.5/+2.5      38.0/+3.5     50.3       47.2    +3.1
ANNUAL    75.3/-1.6      51.2/+0.2     63.3       63.9    -0.6

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

COLUMBIA SC METROPOLITAN AIRPORT 2013/2014 MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...

               TOTAL   NORMAL   DEPARTURE  
              (INCHES) 
JAN 2013       1.21     3.58    -2.37
FEB            5.51     3.61    +1.90
MAR            3.65     3.73    -0.08
APR            4.63     2.62    +2.01 
MAY            3.62     2.97    +0.65
JUN            6.17     4.69    +1.48
JUL           11.21     5.46    +5.75 
AUG            7.51     5.26    +2.25
SEP            2.04     3.54    -1.50    
OCT            1.98     3.17    -1.19
NOV            2.06     2.74    -0.68
DEC            5.88     3.22    +2.66
ANNUAL        55.47    44.59   +10.88   

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

AUGUSTA GA BUSH FIELD 2013/2014 MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...

               TOTAL   NORMAL   DEPARTURE  
              (INCHES)  
JAN 2013       0.60     3.91     -3.31
FEB            9.40     3.92     +5.48 
MAR            3.11     4.18     -1.07
APR            4.23     2.84     +1.39
MAY            2.26     2.65     -0.39
JUN           10.83     4.72     +6.11
JUL            9.05     4.33     +4.72
AUG            5.84     4.32     +1.52
SEP            1.12     3.22     -2.10
OCT            0.36     3.27     -2.91
NOV            1.82     2.82     -1.00
DEC            6.90     3.39     +3.51 
ANNUAL        55.54    43.57    +11.97

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


THE OUTLOOK FOR SEPTEMBER...

THE FORECAST CALLS FOR A 40 TO 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF ABOVE NORMAL 
TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES THAT PRECIPITATION WILL EITHER BE 
BELOW...ABOVE OR NEAR NORMAL.  

THE 3-MONTH OUTLOOK FOR FALL (SEP/OCT/NOV)...

THE FORECAST CALLS FOR A 33 TO 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF ABOVE NORMAL  
TEMPERATURE AND EQUAL CHANCES THAT PRECIPITATION WILL EITHER BE 
BELOW...ABOVE OR NEAR NORMAL FOR THE 3-MONTH PERIOD. 

ENSO (EL NINO SOUTHERN OSCILLATION)...
...A EL NINO WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE LATE SUMMER OR EARLY 
FALL...
AN EL NINO WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE 
DEVELOPMENT OF EL NINO CONDITIONS WITHIN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS. 

AT THIS TIME...ENSO NEUTRAL CONDITIONS CONTINUE ACROSS THE 
EQUATORIAL PACIFIC OCEAN. SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES ARE ABOVE AVERAGE 
ACROSS THE EASTERN HALF OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND JUST WEST OF THE 
DATE LINE. THE CHANCES OF EL NINO REMAIN ABOUT 65 PERCENT DURING THE 
NORTHERN HEMISPHERE FALL AND EARLY WINTER. ENSO MODELS INDICATE THAT 
EL NINO CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP BETWEEN OCTOBER AND DECEMBER AND 
CONTINUE INTO EARLY 2015. AT THIS TIME...IT LOOKS AS THOUGH THE EL 
NINO THAT DOES DEVELOP WILL BE WEAK.  

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 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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