Monthly Archives: August 2013

Additional flooding possible tonight

We’ve had two flash flood events in downtown Charleston over the last two days and it is entirely conceivable we may see additional issues later this evening with water still standing on the lower-lying streets of downtown. From the National Weather Service in Charleston:

SHOWERS WITH MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINS ORGANIZING ALONG THE SAVANNAH
RIVER WILL MOVE INTO SOUTH COASTAL SOUTH CAROLINA THIS EVENING.
THE RAIN MAY BECOME HEAVY ENOUGH TO CAUSE ADDITIONAL FLOODING
PROBLEMS...ESPECIALLY IN THE DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON AND MOUNT PLEASANT
AREAS. THIS AREA REMAINS EXTREMELY WET FROM HEAVIER RAINS THAT FELL
EARLIER TODAY AND YESTERDAY. STORM DRAINAGE SYSTEMS ARE LIKELY
STILL FULL OF WATER OR BLOCKED BY DEBRIS AND EVEN THOUGH THE TIDE
WILL BE LOW AS THE RAIN MOVES THROUGH...THERE WILL BE A RISK FOR
FLOODING.

If you are out and about tonight downtown or in Mt. Pleasant, please pay close attention to weather alerts in case flood advisories or Flash Flood Warnings are issued for your location. If you encounter a flooded road, do not attempt to cross it — it is nearly impossible to judge the depth of water at night and you risk damaging your vehicle or even putting your life at risk.

We are heading to low tide at 9:49 PM; next high tide is 3:27 AM. If you park in vulnerable locations in downtown Charleston, now’s not a bad time to get your car to higher ground.

Unfortunately, this wet pattern will continue for the next few days, with a risk for flooding especially near high tide virtually every day through the weekend.

Jared Smith

August 11, 2013

Heat index values will continue to rise between 100-105 degrees for several hours each afternoon through early next week as west winds are keeping the seabreeze at bay. Thunderstorm activity, if any, will be highly isolated today; chances for thunderstorms to cool things down increase starting Monday through the rest of the week. If you’re outside, just make sure you stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in a shady spot. Sunscreen is a great idea, too, with high UV indexes continuing through mid-week.

Low rain chances for Friday and much of the weekend

A pretty optimal beach weekend is in the cards starting tomorrow; highs will be right in the normal range (91 is normal for this time of year) and we should see far less rain than we have seen the past few days. NWS has rain chances starting to trend back up a bit Sunday afternoon ahead of an expected incoming cold front; could be a little warmer that day, too. It will certainly be great to dry out and warm up a little bit especially Friday and Saturday — fans of summer weather are just not catching many breaks this year.

My advice is to enjoy the weekend, as indications are that we’ll be back to a wet and slightly cooler pattern to start the work week.