Second Half of the Weekend Likely a Washout

December 20, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Rainfall Sunday into Monday

Swaths of heavy rain are expected to spread across the Palmetto State over the weekend. The rain will be heavy enough to cause river and street flooding, but there are still questions as to which parts of the state will see the greatest amounts. An area of low pressure is...

Another Round of Rain and Thunderstorms Overnight

December 13, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Rain Amounts Tonight

Heavy rain over spread much of the Palmetto State on Friday, prompting the issuance of Flood Advisories and Warnings near the Columbia and North Augusta areas. Data from Doppler radar and rain gauges indicate that 2 to 4 inches of rain has accumulated over the Midlands...

Heavy Rain, Thunderstorms Likely across the Palmetto State Friday

December 12, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Friday Severe Storm Risk in the Lowcountry

Widespread rain and a few strong thunderstorms are likely on Friday over much of South Carolina. The strongest storms may produce isolated damaging wind gusts and a low chance for a brief tornado in the Lowcountry. The unsettled weather is expected to develop ahead of a...

Icy Travel Possible in Highest Elevations Early Friday

December 12, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Ice Accumulation tonight into Friday morning

Travelers in highest elevations of South Carolina near the North Carolina border may experience a brief period of freezing rain late Thursday evening into early Friday morning. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to spread over the Palmetto State, starting after...

Coastal Flooding A Persistent Concern Through the Weekend

November 13, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
forecast map showing winds coming from the atlantic ocean

Persistent onshore winds and high astronomical tides are likely to cause areas of coastal flooding for the rest of the week. A developing coastal storm may contribute additional coastal flooding this weekend. The difference in pressure between a high near the New England...

Widespread Freeze Expected Early Wednesday

November 12, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
map of south carolina with temperatures by region

Arctic air is moving into the Palmetto state, and it may be record-breaking in a few locations. A freeze is likely across nearly the entire state Tuesday Night, and wind chills could dip into the teens across the Upstate. The National Weather Service has issued Freeze...

First Freeze of the Season Expected Saturday Morning

November 7, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne
Saturday morning forecast low temperatures

A large pattern change is expected to bring several opportunities for frost and freezing temperatures to the state this weekend and next week. So far this fall, temperatures have been above average at all official climate sites across the state. A large ridge of high...

Widespread Frost for Upstate, Midlands This Weekend

November 1, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Lows Saturday Morning

Update as of 2:30 PM Friday: The Frost Advisory has been expanded to include the Midlands early Saturday morning, and continues for the Upstate. The growing season is likely to come to an end this weekend, especially in the Upstate, on the heels of the coldest air mass of...

Tornado Watch for parts of Midlands, Pee Dee, Upstate

October 31, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Tornado Watch

The National Weather Service has posted a Tornado Watch until 11 PM for portions of the Upstate, Midlands, and Pee Dee Region. The Tornado Watch includes Greenville, Spartanburg, Rock Hill, Columbia, Sumter, and Darlington. Several lines of thunderstorms are moving through...

Heavy Halloween Thunderstorms Across the State Today

October 31, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Flood Watch for SC Mountains

A thunderstorm that prompted the National Weather Service to issue Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for the Greenville area and parts of Spartanburg county on Friday morning is part of a larger weather system that is expected to bring additional strong thunderstorms to the...

Strong Thunderstorms on Thursday in Parts of South Carolina

October 30, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Beneficial Rain in South Carolina

Halloween is likely to turn dark and stormy for parts of the Palmetto State ahead of the strongest front so far this fall season. Unseasonably high humidity is expected to surge northward from the Gulf of Mexico and be in place for most of Thursday. The moisture content of...

A Few Strong Storms Are Possible Tuesday

October 21, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne
Storm Prediction Center Outlook

A few reports of wind damage are possible on Tuesday across portions of the Palmetto State. Thunderstorms are possible in the morning and early afternoon hours as a disturbance high in the atmosphere moves northeast out of Georgia and into the state. At the same time, a...

Nestor to Bring Rain to South Carolina on Saturday

October 18, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne

More beneficial rain is on its way to the parched Palmetto State this weekend. Nestor has become the season’s 14th named tropical storm as of the 2 PM advisory from The National Hurricane Center. It is moving quickly northeastward and is expected to make landfall in the...

Tropical System To Bring More Rain To Parched Palmetto State

October 17, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Ray Hawthorne

Update 12:30 PM Friday: The "potential tropical cyclone" is still on track to bring much-needed rain to South Carolina. NOAA's Weather Prediction Center says widespread rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are forecast across the state Saturday into Saturday night. More...

Despite Dorian, Severe Drought Now Affecting Parts of South Carolina

September 30, 2019 - Posted in Weather by Megan Borowski
map of drought zones across south carolina

September has been a dry month across the entire Southeastern United States, including South Carolina. Nearly 80% of the state is in a drought according to the most recent report from the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln...