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Feast-or-famine rain helps most of state

Jul 27, 2011 11:29:00 AM - thestate.com
The weather system that rolled through the state early this week brought much-needed rain, even if the gully-washers were hit and miss.

One volunteer National Weather Service observer on Edisto Beach registered 5.25 inches of rain on Tuesday, and one on Seabrook Island got 4.76 inches. One gauge in Horry County compiled a three-day total of 4.75 inches.

The three-day totals at the official airport National Weather Service sites in the state included 3.63 inches at Orangeburg (including 3.56 on Tuesday), 2.24 at North Myrtle Beach, 2.01 at Greenville-Spartanburg, 1.51 at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, 1.41 at Charleston and 1.12 at Florence.

And while some scattered areas got only a sprinkle (Owens Field in Columbia had just .87 inches over three days), most of the state got enough rain to sink into soil parched by high heat in recent weeks. Among the dozens of Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network measurement sites in the state, more than 2 inches fell at 10 locations on Tuesday and 20 on Monday.

The rain enabled the Forestry Commission to lift a statewide Red Flag Fire Alert and burning bans in Horry, Marion and Georgetown counties.

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