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August heat records broken across state

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COLUMBIA - August set heat records all across South Carolina, according to the National Weather Service.

At the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, the average temperature for last month was 84.7 degrees, the weather service said. That shattered the old record of 81.6 degrees set in August 1954, but it also broke the record for the hottest month ever, surpassing July 1993, when the average temperature for the month was 83.2 degrees.

In Columbia, the average temperature last month was 85.9 degrees, breaking the previous August record of 85.1 set in 1900. But this August did not pass Columbia's record for July 1993, when the monthly average temperature was 86.2 degrees, according to the state climate office.

Greenville posted 10 days of 100 or more degrees last month. Columbia had 14 triple-digit days.

In Rock Hill, six days saw temperatures of 100 or higher and the city averaged 83.8 degrees last month.

"This was the warmest August we've ever had," meteorologist John Tomko said.

Mr. Tomko said the turn to September also means an end to the extreme high temperatures.

A ridge of high pressure, which was responsible for the sustained heat, is finally moving out of the way and allowing other weather systems into the area, he said.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/04/07 - 05:53 am
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Wow, the hottest average temp

Wow, the hottest average temp in August since records were kept and the average day light temp never hit 87degrees. Thank God for air conditioning ..... or shade.

Leftystandup
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Leftystandup 09/04/07 - 07:44 am
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God didn't invent air

God didn't invent air conditioning, or shade.... but he did create fools

hunnybunnies323
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hunnybunnies323 09/04/07 - 09:18 am
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As a former Augusta native

As a former Augusta native and now living in England, I can say that I don't miss those dreadful temperatures and high humidity. My heart goes out to those that have suffered over the past months in the heat. I haven't felt air conditioning for almost 7 years now...

The Knave
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The Knave 09/04/07 - 11:20 am
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RE: patriciathomas' "...the

RE: patriciathomas' "...the average day light temp never hit 87 degrees." From where did you get this? The temperatures referred to in the article are obviously monthly figures, representing the average taken over 31 days, and the 24 hours in each day -- not just the "day-light hours." This is probably evidence that my thesis has been validated -- too much time spent listening to the likes of Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, et.al., negatively affects one's ability to reason.

Chuchi
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Chuchi 09/04/07 - 11:57 am
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Seems like a waste of

Seems like a waste of precious time and energy to politicize a casual comment about the air temperature of one of the summer months.

tabletop
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tabletop 09/04/07 - 12:39 pm
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Unfortunately, Knave does not

Unfortunately, Knave does not know what he is talking about, either. He probably has not developed his thinking capabilities since he has been fed what to think his whole life.

El Guapo
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El Guapo 09/04/07 - 12:47 pm
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God may not have invented Air

God may not have invented Air Conditioning, but if you're trying to be a holier-than-thou prig, according to your own religion he DID create the person that DID invent AC, so thanking Him is completely appropriate in that context.
I hate religion.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/04/07 - 04:42 pm
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heat in summer is evolution.

heat in summer is evolution. In October it will evolve into cool.

iwaspregnantin1993
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iwaspregnantin1993 09/04/07 - 04:50 pm
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The summer of 1993 was hotter

The summer of 1993 was hotter than the summer of 2007 in Augusta. July of 1993 broke all records for heat and almost broke me - I was pregnant that summer and remember it well.

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bone 09/04/07 - 05:19 pm
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FINALLY - PROOF OF GLOBAL

FINALLY - PROOF OF GLOBAL WARMING (in south carolina, anyway)

Chuchi
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Chuchi 09/04/07 - 09:33 pm
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Don't hate religion. Religion

Don't hate religion. Religion is not the problem. The problem is when religious people misbehave or act in a way that is not in accordance with what their religion teaches. For example, most Christian denominations adhere to Christ's teaching of "Do not judge," yet people, whether Christian or not, judge all of the time. That doesn't make the religion bad, it makes the behavior bad. Hate the sin, not the sinner (or his religion, for that matter).

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