Pittsburgh Weather

Severe Weather

Current Watches and Warnings

More Maps

Georgia, Columbia

Public Information Statement

Statement as of 12:37 PM EDT on July 06, 2015


... June 2015 climate summary...

... 4th warmest June on record at Columbia...
... 8th wettest June on record at Columbia...
... 11 straight days of 100 degrees or higher at Bamberg...
... 3 flash flood events along Rocky Branch creek...
... On the 3rd minor flood event along Stevens Creek at Modoc...
... Several maximum temperatures either tied or broken...


The month of June brought the first heat wave of the Summer to the
midlands and central Savannah River area. The beginning of the month
was extremely wet for some areas as a trough lingered across the
eastern portion of the country with ridging across the west. During
the middle and end of the month the ridge built eastward and
temperatures climbed into triple digits at many locations for
several days. During the beginning of the month... thunderstorms
produced locally heavy rainfall that produced flooding along Rocky
Branch creek in downtown Columbia. Flooding also occurred along
Stevens Creek at Modoc.

The heat wave produced 6 days of 100 degrees or higher for maximum
temperatures at Columbia Metro Airport. For the month of June this
tied the second most days with 100 degrees or higher.

Here are the June/years that had the most days of 100 degrees or
higher at columbia:

June 1952... 10 days
June 2015... 6 days*
June 1956... 6 days
June 2010... 5 days
June 1998... 5 days
June 1954... 5 days
June 1950... 5 days
June 1899... 5 days


Precipitation varied greatly across the midlands and central
Savannah River area. Rainfall ranged from 2 to 5 inches across the
area. The most rain fell from the northern portion of the csra
northeast into the Columbia Metro area. Rainfall amounts in this
area averaged 5 to 7 inches with some much higher local amounts. The
least amount of rain fell across Bamberg... Orangeburg and Clarendon
counties. Some areas here only received between 1 and 2 inches of
rainfall.

The average temperature at Augusta regional Bush Field was 80.6
degrees or 2.0 degrees above the normal of 78.6 degrees. The average
temperature at Columbia Metro Airport was 82.6 degrees or 3.5
degrees above the normal of 79.1 degrees. Augusta Bush Field
received 3.50 inches of rainfall for the month. Columbia Metro
Airport received 8.79 inches of rainfall for the month. It was the
8th wettest June on record.


Here are the top 10 warmest average June temperatures on record:


1. 83.7 degrees set in 2010
1. 83.7 degrees set in 1952
3. 83.3 degrees set in 2011
4. 82.6 degrees set in 2015*
5. 82.3 degrees set in 1998
5. 82.3 degrees set in 1943
7. 82.0 degrees set in 2014
7. 82.0 degrees set in 1986
9. 81.9 degrees set in 1944
9. 81.9 degrees set in 1939

Here are the top 10 wettest June amounts on record:

1. 14.81 inches set in 1973
2. 11.67 inches set in 1976
3. 11.10 inches set in 1994
4. 10.74 inches set in 1995
5. 10.36 inches set in 2004
6. 9.97 inches set in 1903
7. 9.94 inches set in 1941
8. 8.79 inches set in 2015*
9. 8.66 inches set in 1906
10. 8.53 inches set in 1893

Here are the 11 straight days of 100 degrees or higher at the NWS
coop site at bamberg:

15th... 101
16th... 103
17th... 104
18th... 102
19th... 101
20th... 101
21st... 100
22nd... 101
23rd... 103
24th... 101
25th... 100


here are some of the lowest cocorahs rainfall reports for june:
... Community collaborative rain hail and snow
network... ... www.Cocorahs.Org

SC-cd-1 Summerton 8.4 se... ... .1.17 inches
SC-or-25 Cope 4/1 NE... ... ... ... 1.25 inches
SC-or-9 Orangeburg 0.3 ENE... ..1.47 inches
SC-rc-5 Irmo 4.2 NNW... ... ... ..1.63 inches
SC-rc-4 Irmo 3.3 NW... ... ... ... 1.87 inches

Here are some of the highest cocorahs rainfall reports for june:

SC-lx-98 West Columbia 5.9 WSW..15.42 inches
SC-lx-54 West Columbia 6.5 WSW..13.59 inches
SC-lx-26 Lexington 3.4 SSE... ... 11.89 inches
SC-lx-57 West Columbia 1.2 ESE..11.20 inches
SC-lx-97 Lexington 5.8 E... ... ... 9.50 inches
GA-cu-3 Evans 2.1 NNW... ... ... ..8.22 inches
GA-cu-6 Martinez 0.9 NW... ... ... 7.45 inches



Here are some of the lowest NWS coop observer reports for june:

Wats1 Wateree dam... ... ... ... ... ..1.75 inches
bams1 Bamberg... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1.89 inches
nwys1 Newberry wkdk... ... ... ... ... 2.06 inches
hhls1 Holly Hill 1 SW... ... ... ... .2.21 inches
sahs1 Sandhill research ctr... ... .2.27 inches

Here are some of the highest NWS coop observer reports for june:

Uscs1 Columbia univ of South Carolina... 9.11 inches
mccs1 McCormick... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .7.64 inches
chds1 Clarks Hill... ... ... ... ... ... ... ..6.81 inches
ctfs1 Chesterfield 3 E... ... ... ... ... ... 5.69 inches
sads1 Saluda water plant... ... ... ... ... .5.17 inches

Here are the highest rcwinds (richland County mesonet) reports:

Mlk park... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 7.36 inches
gills creek... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 6.61 inches
ft. Jackson... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 6.61 inches
Williams Brice Stadium... ... ... ... .6.38 inches



Highest wind gusts at each ASOS location during the month:

Columbia Metro Airport (cae)... ... ... 55 mph on the 30th
Orangeburg County Airport (ogb)... ... 49 mph on the 30th
Augusta Bush Field (ags)... ... ... ... .48 mph on the 30th
Columbia Hamilton Owens field (cub)..46 mph on the 30th
Augusta Daniel Field (dnl)... ... ... ..34 mph on the 27th


Highest wind gusts at each lake observing site during the month:

Clarks Hill lake Thurmond dam (chds1)... 52 mph on the 30th
rcwinds mesonet Lake Murray dam... ... ... 44 mph on the 30th
Lake Murray Flotilla Island (lmfs1)... ..38 mph on the 30th
Lake Murray towers (irms1/usgs)... ... ... 34 mph on the 30th
Lake Wateree dam (wats1)... ... ... ... ... .33 mph on the 26th

Water temperature at the Lake Murray towers (depth approx. 6 feet):
warmest... 90.4 degrees on the 24th
coolest... 74.5 degrees on the 4th


Highest wind gusts rc winds (richland County mesonet):

Williams Brice Stadium (near the top)... 80 mph on the 30th
Hamilton Owens field... ... ... ... ... ... ..54 mph on the 30th
Garners Ferry... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 53 mph on the 30th
utilities-Irmo... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ..40 mph on the 27th
Elders Pond... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ..36 mph on the 30th



records tied or broken during the month at june:

Augusta...
June 16th... tied the record of 100 degrees set in 1920
June 22nd... tied the record of 101 degrees set in 1925

Columbia...
June 16th... maximum temperature 101 degrees breaking the
previous record of 100 degrees set in 1943.
June 17th... tied the record of 101 degrees set in 1944 June
18th... minimum temperature 78 degrees breaking the previous highest
minimum temperature of 76 degrees set in 1944.


Events for June 2015:

There were several events during the month of June with isolated to
scattered severe thunderstorms that produce hail around one inch and
damaging winds that downed limbs... trees and powerlines.

Listed below are a couple of the more damaging events...

June 2nd-3rd... scattered storms with a few being severe produced
locally heavy rainfall across the midlands and csra. Rainfall
amounts from 4 to 6 inches were reported at Cayce... Clarks
Hill... Monetta... Lexington and Evans GA. This rainfall produced 3
flooding events along Rocky Branch creek in Columbia. Flood stage is
7.2 feet. The first occurred at 1015 PM on the 2nd when the creek
crested at 8.13 feet. The second occurred at 1 am on the 3rd when
the creek crested at 8.46 feet and the third occurred at 315 am on
the 3rd when the creek crested at 11.28 feet. At Martin Luther King
Park near 5 points 3.35 inches of rain fell and at the USGS rain
gage near Gervais street and harden 3.54 inches of rain fell in just
a few hours producing the flooding along the creek. The heavy
rainfall brought streams out of their banks in the town of Newberry
and Gilbert along with portions of Columbia.

The flooding that occurred along Stevens Creek at Modoc happened on
the evening of the 3rd at 715 PM when the creek crested at 20.4
feet. Flood stage is 19.0 feet.

June 9th... scattered sever thunderstorms produced large hail and
damaging winds across the csra and Pee Dee. Hail up to 1 inch along
with a house that caught fire from a lightning strike in Aiken. In
the csra... trees and powerlines were downed. In Richmond County a
tree fell down on a vehicle injuring a passenger.

June 24th... scattered severe thunderstorms produced strong damaging
winds that severely damaged a few barns at a Turkey farm in Fairfield
County.

June 30th... scattered severe thunderstorms moved across the midlands
producing damaging winds. Strong winds downed several trees and
powerlines across the midlands. A tree fell on a house along with
two vehicles in Lexington County. A wind gust of 80 mph was recorded
at the rcwinds site at Williams Brice Stadium. A wind gust of 54 mph
was recorded at the rcwinds site at Hamilton Owens field.



Year to date monthly temperature and precipitation statistics...

Columbia SC Metropolitan Airport 2014/2015 monthly average
temperatures and departures from normal...

          avg high/dep avg low/dep avg temp norm departure
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
Sep 84.9/-0.3 68.4/+4.2 76.7 74.7 +2.0
Oct 79.9/+3.8 53.6/+1.5 66.8 64.1 +2.7
Nov 63.1/-4.2 38.0/-4.3 50.5 54.8 -4.3
Dec 61.0/+2.8 39.1/+3.8 50.0 46.7 +3.3
annual 74.2/-1.3 51.3/-1.1 62.7 63.9 -1.2

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


Augusta GA Bush Field 2014/2015 monthly average temperatures and
departures from normal...

          avg high/dep avg low/dep avg temp norm departure
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
Sep 84.9/-1.8 66.6/+4.0 75.7 74.6 +1.1
Oct 81.4/+3.7 49.3/-1.7 65.3 64.4 +0.9
Nov 64.2/-4.9 34.2/-7.2 49.2 55.2 -6.0
Dec 62.3/+2.3 37.4/+2.9 49.8 47.2 +2.6
annual 74.5/-2.4 48.1/-2.9 61.3 63.9 -2.6

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


Columbia SC Metropolitan Airport 2014/2015 monthly precipitation...

               total normal departure
              (inches)
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
Sep 2.81 3.54 -0.73
Oct 3.05 3.17 -0.12
Nov 4.37 2.74 +1.63
Dec 3.90 3.22 +0.68
annual 40.80 44.59 -3.79

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


Augusta GA Bush Field 2014/2015 monthly precipitation...

               total normal departure
              (inches)
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
Sep 2.26 3.22 -0.96
Oct 0.61 3.27 -2.66
Nov 3.19 2.82 +0.37
Dec 4.21 3.39 +0.82
annual 36.42 43.57 -7.15

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


The outlook for July...

The forecast calls for a 33 to 40 percent chance of above normal
temperatures and equal chances of above... below and normal
precipitation through the month.


The 3-month outlook for Summer (july/August/september)...

The forecast calls for a 33 to 40 percent chance of above normal
temperatures and a 40 percent chance of below normal precipitation
through the 3 month period.

Enso (el nino southern oscillation)...
... El Nino advisory continues...

El Nino conditions are present across the central and eastern
Pacific. There is approximately 90 percent chance that El Nino
conditions will continue through the northern hemisphere fall. There
is an 85 percent chance El Nino conditions will continue through the
2015-2016 winter.

During may... sea surface temperature anomalies increased across the
central and eastern equatorial Pacific. Across the continuous United
States... temperature and precipitation impacts associated with El
Nino are expected to remain minimal during the northern hemisphere
Summer and increase into the late fall and winter. El Nino will
likely be a contributor to a below normal Atlantic hurricane season.
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 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 .


Weather Severe Map
Alaska - Dense Smoke Advisory , Fire Weather Warning , Record Report
Arizona - Record Report
Arkansas - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory , Record Report , Public Information Statement
California - Flash Flood Watch , Fire Weather Warning , Record Report
Colorado - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
District of Columbia - Public Information Statement
Florida - Coastal Hazard Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Georgia - Public Information Statement
Guam - High Surf Advisory
Hawaii - Record Report
Idaho - Fire Weather Watch
Illinois - Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Public Information Statement
Indiana - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Iowa - Public Information Statement
Kansas - Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Kentucky - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Louisiana - Flood Warning , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Maryland - Public Information Statement
Michigan - Beach Hazard Statement
Minnesota - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Mississippi - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Missouri - Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Montana - Fire Weather Watch , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Nebraska - Areal Flood Advisory , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Nevada - Flash Flood Watch , Special Statement , Record Report
New Mexico - Flash Flood Watch , Public Information Statement
New York - Special Statement
North Carolina - Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Oklahoma - Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Record Report
Oregon - Heat Advisory , Fire Weather Warning , Record Report
Pennsylvania - Areal Flood Advisory
South Carolina - Public Information Statement
South Dakota - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Tennessee - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory , Hydrologic Statement , Public Information Statement
Texas - Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Record Report
Utah - Public Information Statement
Virginia - Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Washington - Heat Advisory , Fire Weather Watch , Record Report
West Virginia - Public Information Statement
Wisconsin - Flash Flood Watch , Beach Hazard Statement , Public Information Statement
Wyoming - Record Report , Public Information Statement