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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC  
1226 PM EDT WED SEP 20 2017  
 
   
..AUGUST 2017 CLIMATE SUMMARY
 
 
   
..VERY QUIET MONTH ACROSS THE REGION
 
   
..ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS DEVELOPED DURING THE MONTH
 
   
..ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR SUMMER (JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST)
 
 
AUGUST WAS MOST LIKELY THE QUIETEST MONTH OF THE SUMMER ACROSS THE  
MIDLANDS AND CENTRAL SAVANNAH RIVER AREA. THERE WERE ONLY 8 SEVERE  
THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS ISSUED FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH. THERE WERE NO  
FLASH FLOOD OR RIVER FLOOD EVENTS. TEMPERATURES WERE SLIGHTLY  
ABOVE NORMAL WITH RAINFALL BEING BELOW NORMAL ACROSS MUCH OF THE  
AREA. THE BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL AT MANY LOCATIONS LED TO MUCH OF  
THE MIDLANDS AND AREAS ALONG THE SAVANNAH RIVER TO FALL INTO D0,  
ABNORMALLY DRY, CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR.  
 
SUMMER 2017 TEMPERATURE/PRECIPITATION HIGHLIGHTS...  
 
COLUMBIA...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 81.9 DEGREES. NORMAL IS 80.7  
DEGREES. THE SUMMER WAS 1.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
AUGUSTA...AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 82.0 DEGREES. NORMAL IS 80.2  
DEGREES. THE SUMMER WAS 1.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
COLUMBIA...TOTAL PRECIPITATION 12.47 INCHES. NORMAL IS 15.41  
INCHES. TOTAL SUMMER RAINFALL WAS 2.94 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  
 
AUGUSTA...TOTAL PRECIPITATION 14.43 INCHES. NORMAL IS 13.47  
INCHES. TOTAL SUMMER RAINFALL WAS 0.96 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
IT WAS TIED FOR THE 11TH WARMEST SUMMER ON RECORD AT COLUMBIA WITH  
1987.  
 
IT WAS TIED FOR THE 12TH WARMEST SUMMER ON RECORD AT AUGUSTA WITH  
1934.  
 
   
..AUGUSTA AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
 
 
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT AUGUSTA REGIONAL BUSH FIELD FOR AUGUST  
WAS 82.3 DEGREES OR 1.8 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 80.5.  
   
..COLUMBIA AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
 
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT FOR AUGUST WAS  
82.3 DEGREES OR 1.5 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 80.8.  
 
   
..AUGUSTA RAINFALL
 
 
AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD RECEIVED 5.87 INCHES OF RAINFALL DURING AUGUST.  
NORMAL IS 4.32 INCHES.  
   
..COLUMBIA RAINFALL
 
 
COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT RECEIVED 1.92 INCHES OF RAINFALL DURING  
AUGUST. NORMAL IS 5.26 INCHES  
 
 
HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHEST RAINFALL COCORAHS REPORTS FOR AUGUST:  
 
SC-BM-6 EHRHARDT 0.2 SE.........8.16 INCHES  
SC-AK-73 SALLEY 4.9 NNE..........7.27 INCHES  
SC-KR-4 CAMDEN 6.6 NE...........6.94 INCHES  
SC-CF-5 PAGELAND 9.0 WNW........6.23 INCHES  
SC-AK-23 AIKEN 2.3 S.............5.98 INCHES  
 
GA-MD-5 THOMSON 2.6 S...........6.19 INCHES  
GA-BK-9 SOUTH AUGUSTA 4.1 S.....5.77 INCHES  
GA-CU-11 GROVETOWN 2.0 SSW.......5.39 INCHES  
 
HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHEST NWS COOP OBSERVER REPORTS FOR AUGUST:  
 
NRTS1 NORTH 5 NE..................5.48 INCHES  
WATS1 WATEREE DAM.................4.89 INCHES  
PLNS1 PELION......................4.61 INCHES  
LNTS1 LONGTOWN....................4.09 INCHES  
AIKS1 AIKEN 2 E...................3.95 INCHES  
 
HIGHEST WIND GUSTS AT ASOS SITES DURING AUGUST:  
 
ORANGEBURG COUNTY AIRPORT (OGB).......45 MPH ON THE 4TH  
AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD (AGS)..............37 MPH ON THE 6TH  
COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT (CAE)..........37 MPH ON THE 17TH  
AUGUSTA DANIEL FIELD (DNL)............35 MPH ON THE 7TH  
COLUMBIA HAMILTON OWENS FIELD (CUB)...30 MPH ON THE 13TH  
 
HIGHEST WIND GUSTS ON THE AREA LAKES DURING AUGUST:  
 
LAKE MURRAY TOWERS (USGS).............40 MPH ON THE 7TH  
LAKE MURRAY DAM (RCWINDS).............39 MPH ON THE 7TH  
LAKE WATEREE DAM (WATS1)..............36 MPH ON THE 13TH  
LAKE MURRAY FLOTILLA ISLAND (LMFS1)...35 MPH ON THE 31ST  
LAKE THURMOND DAM (CHDS1).............30 MPH ON THE 11TH AND 27TH  
 
LAKE MURRAY WATER TEMPERATURES AT THE TOWERS:  
 
WARMEST...88.5 DEGREES ON AUGUST 18TH  
COOLEST...78.4 DEGREES ON AUGUST 28TH  
 
TEMPERATURE RECORDS TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE MONTH OF  
AUGUST:  
 
AUGUST 9TH - A NEW DAILY RECORD MAXIMUM RAINFALL WAS SET WHEN 2.45  
INCHES OF RAIN FELL. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 2.05 INCHES SET IN  
1912.  
 
AUGUST 17TH - THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE WAS 78 DEGREES. THIS BROKE  
THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR OVERNIGHT MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 77  
DEGREES SET IN 2010.  
 
COLUMBIA...  
 
AUGUST 17TH - THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE WAS 77 DEGREES. THIS TIED  
THE HIGHEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THAT DATE SET BACK IN 1943.  
 
EVENTS FOR AUGUST 2017...  
 
THERE WERE ONLY 8 SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS ISSUED FOR THE  
MONTH OF AUGUST. COMPARED TO JUNE AND JULY, THIS WAS THE MOST  
QUIET MONTH OF THE SUMMER FOR ACTIVE WEATHER. MOST OF THE EVENTS  
WERE DUE TO HAIL THAT WAS UP TO A QUARTER IN SIZE ALONG WITH A FEW  
DOWNED TREES...POWER LINES AND LARGE BRANCHES.  
 
YEAR TO DATE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION STATISTICS...  
 
COLUMBIA SC METROPOLITAN AIRPORT 2015/2016/2017 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  
AUG 93.8/+3.1 74.8/+3.8 84.3 80.8 +3.5  
SEP 89.2/+4.0 69.6/+5.4 79.4 74.7 +4.7  
OCT 80.5/+4.4 56.0/+3.9 68.3 64.1 +4.2  
NOV 70.6/+3.3 41.8/-0.5 56.2 54.8 +1.4  
DEC 59.6/+1.4 39.9/+4.6 49.7 46.7 +3.0  
 
JAN 2017 64.5/+8.5 43.0/+9.3 53.7 44.8 +8.9  
FEB 71.4/+11.1 43.1/+6.3 57.2 48.5 +8.7  
MAR 70.9/+2.7 44.1/+1.1 57.5 55.6 +1.9  
APR 81.0/+4.7 57.7/+7.3 69.4 63.4 +6.0  
MAY 85.2/+1.4 61.9/+2.4 73.6 71.7 +1.9  
JUN 89.3/-0.7 70.1/+1.9 79.7 79.1 +0.6  
JUL 93.7/+1.0 73.5/+1.9 83.6 82.2 +1.4  
AUG 91.4/+0.7 73.2/+2.2 82.3 80.8 +1.5  
 
 
AUGUSTA GA BUSH FIELD 2015/2016/2017 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  
AUG 94.2/+2.4 72.1/+2.8 83.1 80.2 +2.6  
SEP 88.9/+2.2 66.0/+3.4 77.4 74.6 +2.8  
OCT 82.5/+4.8 53.8/+2.8 68.2 64.4 +3.8  
NOV 73.4/+4.3 41.2/-0.2 57.3 55.2 +2.1  
DEC 62.4/+2.4 41.8/+7.3 52.4 47.2 +5.2  
 
JAN 2017 67.5/+9.6 43.5/+10.7 55.5 45.4 +10.1  
FEB 73.2/+10.9 43.4/+7.5 58.3 49.1 +9.2  
MAR 73.7/+3.8 43.8/+1.8 58.8 55.9 +2.9  
APR 83.2/+5.9 55.4/+7.3 69.3 62.7 +6.6  
MAY 87.1/+2.1 61.1/+3.8 74.1 71.1 +3.0  
JUN 90.8/-0.2 69.4/+3.2 80.1 78.6 +1.5  
JUL 94.3/+0.9 72.9/+3.1 83.6 81.6 +2.0  
AUG 91.7/-0.1 72.8/+3.5 82.3 80.5 +1.8  
 
 
COLUMBIA SC METROPOLITAN AIRPORT 2015/2016/2017 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  
AUG 4.83 5.26 -0.43  
SEP 6.81 3.54 +3.27  
OCT 2.09 3.27 -1.18  
NOV 2.01 2.74 -0.73  
DEC 3.35 3.22 +0.13  
ANNUAL 39.55 44.59 -5.04  
 
JAN 2017 7.04 3.58 +3.46  
FEB 1.60 3.61 -2.01  
MAR 2.38 3.73 -1.35  
APR 6.11 2.62 +3.49  
MAY 7.15 2.97 +4.18  
JUN 5.13 4.69 +0.44  
JUL 5.42 5.46 -0.04  
AUG 1.92 5.26 -3.34  
 
AUGUSTA GA BUSH FIELD 2015/2016/2017 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  
AUG 3.66 4.32 -0.66  
SEP 6.81 3.54 +3.27  
OCT 4.45 3.17 +1.28  
NOV 0.62 2.82 -2.20  
DEC 4.41 3.39 +1.02  
ANNUAL 38.27 43.57 -5.02  
 
JAN 2017 10.13 3.91 +6.22  
FEB 2.11 3.92 -1.81  
MAR 1.77 4.18 -2.41  
APR 2.60 2.84 -0.24  
MAY 3.14 2.65 +0.69  
JUN 3.52 4.72 -1.20  
JUL 5.04 4.33 +0.71  
AUG 5.87 4.32 +1.55  
 
 
THE 3-MONTH OUTLOOK FOR LATE SUMMER/FALL (SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER/NOVEMBER)...  
 
THE OUTLOOK CALLS FOR A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES  
WITH A 33 TO 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.  
 
GO TO THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER WEB PAGE AT  
WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV IN LOWER CASE LETTERS FOR MORE DETAILS AND THE  
LATEST OUTLOOKS.  
 
 
ENSO (EL NINO SOUTHERN OSCILLATION)...   
..ENSO NEUTRAL CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT
 
   
..LA NINA WATCH ISSUED
 
 
EQUATORIAL SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES ARE NEAR TO BELOW AVERAGE  
ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN. THERE IS AN  
INCREASING CHANCE, (55%-60%) OF LA NINA DURING THE NORTHERN  
HEMISPHERE FALL AND WINTER 2017-18.  
 
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 .  
 

 
 
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