The US Department of Agriculture's Weather Bureau begins an observation program in the Carolina Bank Building on Broad Street in downtown Charleston, taking over from the US Army Signal Service. Mr. JN Jesonofsky is the last observer for the Signal Service in Charleston, but the first in Charleston for the Weather Bureau.
January 1, 1925
The highest recorded level on the Ohoopee River near Reidsville was reached, when the river reached 28.40 feet.
January 1, 1936
1 inch of snow fell in Beaufort on this date.
January 1, 1987
Significant coastal flooding impacts many parts of the southern SC coast, and when combined with strong northeast winds resulted in extensive erosion and damage to numerous homes. This event prompted the passage of the South Carolina State Beach Front Management Act. Tide levels also reached 10.03 feet Mean Lower Low Water at Fort Pulaski, which produced flooding on parts of Route 80 between Savannah and Tybee Island.
January 2, 2006
An F0 tornado briefly touched down, significantly damaging a mobile home, causing minor damage to another mobile home, and knocking down trees in southern Jenkins County, GA.
January 2, 2008
Winds reached as high as 40 to 50 mph across parts of southern South Carolina, southeast Georgia and the adjacent Atlantic waters. The highest wind was at the Sabsoon R2 Tower, which recorded 54 mph.
January 2, 2014
Dense fog closes the Charleston Harbor and also impacts the adjacent Charleston County Atlantic waters with visibilities down under 1/2 nm. It is short-lived however, as an arctic cold front quickly moves through with isolated reports of trees and powerlines down, as winds reach as high as 47 mph on Tybee Island and 42 mph at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah.
January 3, 2008
It was a cold morning across many areas, with readings as low as 14 at Harleyville, Jamestown and Round O in South Carolina. Even the beaches experienced a freeze with temperatures in the upper 20s and lower 30s.
January 3, 2014
Strong west and northwest winds developed in wake of an arctic cold front, resulting in blowout tides and wind gusts past 40 or 45 mph. The highest gusts were 49 mph at Fort Johnson, 48 mph on Tybee Island and the Don Holt Bridge in North Charleston, 47 mph at Buoy 41008 and Fort Pulasksi, and 46 mph at Beaufort. The event is even more impressive since less than 19 hours earlier there was shallow coastal flooding in the Charleston area.
January 4, 2007
Dense sea fog impacts navigation in Charleston Harbor and the nearby Atlantic waters with visibility down to near zero at times.
Janury 4, 2015
An EF-1 tornado moves through the Savannah area, with estimated winds of 85-95 mph, a path length of 3 miles and a path width of 1/4 mile. Thankfully no one was killed or injured.More Details.
January 5, 1871
The US Army Signal Service begins a weather observing progam in downtown Charleston at the Carolina Bank Building on Broad Street.
January 5, 1997
A brief F0 tornado touches down near Register in Bulloch County, GA. A mobile home was demolished and a small utility trailer was thrown some distance.
The leading edge of an arctic air mass produces a few snow flurries in parts of Charleston and Berkeley counties.
January 8, 1966
The world record 24 hour rainfall comes to an end with 71.85 inches of rain at Foc Foc on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion Island. Locally, our 24 hour rainfall records pale in comparison; 10.52 inches on September 21, 1998 at the Charleston airport, 10.38 inches on June 11, 1973 in downtown Charleston and 9.02 inches on September 16, 1924 in the Savannah area. More Details.
Four tornadoes are confirmed across southeast GA. Two Ef-1 tornadoes in Screven County, a third EF-1 near Fort Stewartand an EF-0 in Tattnall County. Thankfully there are no deaths or injuries.More Details
The Savannah airport receives an impressive 4.19 inches of rain, setting a record for the greatest amount of rainfall on any day in January. This amount is also more than the average rainfall for the entire month of January.
The location of the downtown Charleston weather observing program moves from Broad Street to the US Custom House on East Bay Street.
February 1, 1976
Severe thunderstorms overturns several mobile homes in Statesboro, and causes an F1 tornado in Effingham County. The tornado tracks from Guyton to Springfield, demolishing storage houses and damaging a mobile home, barn and one business.
Large isallobaric pressure rises behind a strong cold front produced wind gusts of greater than 40 or 45 mph in many areas. Peak winds were 49 mph near White Bluff in Chatham County, 49 mph atop the Don Holt Bridge in North Charleston and 45 mph at the Beaufort Marine base and in Sylvania. Winds at Fort Sumter in the Charleston Harbor hit 50 mph and the Edisto Buoy, 41004 was the winner at 52 mph.
The so-called Groundhog Day Tropical Storm, that formed the day before near the Yucatan peninsula, passes about 300 miles off the SC and GA coasts on this date. It is the only Atlantic tropical cyclone on record in the month of February, and produces as much as 2 to 3 inches of rain in SC and up to 1 inch in GA.
February 3, 1972
An F0 tornado briefly touches down on Main Street in Sylvania, GA.
Intense low pressure in the nearby Atlantic produces a wind gust of 45 at Buoy 41004 off the coast of SC. A cold air wedge behind the low causes a little sleet to occur across parts of the Charleston Tri-County area in the afternoon.
The beginning of the National Weather Service we know today started on this date when President Ulysses S. Grant signed a joint resolution of Congress authorizing the Secretary of War to establish a national weather service. More Details.
A QLCS rakes through the entire forecast area during the overnight and pre-dawn hours, resulting in damage across parts of Chatham, Liberty and Evans Counties in GA. Winds reached as high as 65 mph at Buoy 41004, 60 mph at Fort Stewart and 53 mph at the Folly Beach Pier.
Moderate to strong offshore winds and the recent Perigean Spring Tide resulted in blow-out tides along the coast. Less than 20 hours earlier there was actually shallow coastal flooding along the coast.
Today is the birthday of our first president, George Washington, born on Pope's Creek in Westmoreland County, VA. He was a serious weather observer, and took his last weather observation just a few days before he died. He would commemorate the end of the Revolutionary War by commissioning a “Dove of Peace” weather vane from Joseph Rakestraw in 1787, for his estate at Mount Vernon. It is still there today.
Parts of Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester counties received freezing rain, enough for a glaze or as much as 2/10 of an inch of ice on tree tops, vehicles and elevated metal surfaces such as the Ravenel Bridge.
A waterspout moves onshore as an F1 tornado on Edisto Beach, causing some damage to a few homes. A short time later a second F1 tornado damages 2 homes and felled a number of trees on Johns Island, SC.
The month ends as the warmest February on record at the Charleston airport, with an average monthly temperature of 59.4 degrees. This is almost 8 degrees above the normal average temperature for the month.
A small F1 tornado touches down outside of Glennville in Tattnall County, GA. There were 5 houses, several farm buildings, a government building, a school and a factory that were either demolished or heavily damaged. No one was hurt. Later that same day there was 1.75 inch hail and a roof torn off an airplane hangar at Guyton, in Effingham County, GA.
Low pressure dumps up to 4 or 5 inches of rain in parts of SC, with some of the worst flooding in the Summerville area, where 400 people were evacuated from their homes. Up to 50 homes were damaged to some degree, with s much as 4 to 5 feet of water in some of those homes. Also, an earthen dam burst in Allendale County, which caused a 100 yard section of US 321 near Fairfax to be washed away.
Almost simultaneously there are two F2 tornadoes that impact Jenkins County, GA. One is in the Thrift Community southwest of Millen and the second is the Red Mill Community northeast of Millen. Over $300,000 damage to dairy farms and three homes. Meanwhile, severe thunderstorms moved through Hilton Head Island, destroying 3 mobile homes, damaging 3 cars and injuring 2 people.
A late winter or early spring surge of cold arctic air invades the southeast, dropping temperatures down into the 20s in many communities away from the immediate coast. The coldest was 20 degrees at Wambaw in Charleston County.
The South Carolina Forestry Commission reported a large wildfire started on March 23 in northern Charleston County, 5 miles north-northeast of McClellanville. The wildfire was fully contained on March 25. The wildfire burned 2600 acres over the 3 day period, resulting in the destruction of 16 non-residential structures, evacuation of the Germantown and Santee Communities, the opening of a shelter at the St. James-Santee Elementary School, and the closure of Highway 17 from Highway 45 north to the Charleston/Georgetown County line. Damages as a result were estimated between 1.5 and 2 million dollars.
The South Carolina Forestry Commission reported that the Sand Ridge Wildfire located 6 miles west-southwest of Dorchester, South Carolina, started on March 24, burning 1247 acres before being contained on March 25. Evacuations were ordered for 60 to 70 homes due to the wildfire. No structures were lost due to the wildfire and 67 structures were saved, including 52 homes, 13 barns, and 2 churches. Other wildfires driven by gusty winds and low relative humidity affected locations near Ludowici, Georgia and Johns Island, South Carolina.
Today is the last day of a stretch of 161 straight days where the temperature failed to reach 80 degrees at the Charleston airport; it's longest streak on record.
April 2, 2009
Two day rainfall totals reached 3 to 5 inches in many locations of southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia.
April 3, 1958
The longest stretch of temperatures below 80 degrees at the Charleston airport ends today, after 161 straight days.
April 3, 1961
An F0 tornado briefly touches down in the Abercorn and Lamara Heights areas of Savannah.
April 3, 1998
An F0 tornado travels about a mile and damages 2 homes near Ridgeland, SC.
April 3, 2008
Torrential rains fall in Claxton, Georgia, with up to 8 inches in 3 hours. Several roads are severely flooded, with motorists stranded in their vehicles. In some cases the water came so high that it trapped people in their homes.
April 3, 2017
An EF0 tornado briefly touched down about 2.7 miles east of Gifford, SC in Hampton County. Thr tornado caused only minor damage to small trees, while nearby there was more widespread tree damage associated with straight line winds. Also, another severe storm caused hail up to 2 inches in diameter near McIntosh in Liberty County, GA.
Today is the median last freeze date for Yemassee, SC and Millen, GA.
April 4, 2008
Dense sea fog impacts most of the Atlantic coastal waters and Charleston Harbor with visibilities down to 1/4 mile or less.
April 5, 1950
Today is the death of Hugh Robert Mill, a Scottish geographer and meteorologist who was influential in the reform of geography teaching, and in the development of meteorology as a science. He was director of the British Rainfall Organization from 1901 to 1919, editor of British Rainfall and Symons Meteorological Magazine, and honorary secretary of the Royal Meteorological Society from 1902 until 1907 (when he became president). He had a profound influence on the development of meteorology, which was recognized by the institution of a Hugh Robert Mill medal given by the society, with Mill as the first recipient.
April 5, 1957
An F0 tornado briefly touches down on Hutchinson Island, near Savannah.
April 5, 2011
An outbreak of severe weather due to a derecho hits parts of the area during the early morning hours, with 33 reports of wind damage. This included trees down on a home near Perkins, GA, homes that were destroyed or sustained damage near Portal, GA, 25 homes in Rincon, GA that sustained minimal damage, and a tree on a home near Eulonia, GA. Cars were also damaged by fallen trees and tree branches in Rincon and near Eulonia.
An F1 tornado touches down briefly in Hampton, SC, causing minimal damage.
April 8, 1980
A tornado developed west of Bloomingdale in Chatham County and tracked to near the Effingham County line before dissipating. Witnesses reported the tornado consisted of double funnels.
April 8-9, 1998
An F1 tornado impacts the area near Hardeeville, SC, causing numerous trees to be uprooted or snapped off, shingles taken off of nearby roofs, and several other buildings damaged. This F1 tornado was spawned by the same supercell that produced the F3 tornado earlier in Bryan County, Georgia that moved into western Effingham County and lifted with no further touchdown until the Hardeeville area.
April 8, 1999
An F1 tornado tracks through the city of Allendale to near Ulmer, causing roof damage to several buildings, with numerous trees and powerlines down along its path.
April 8, 2006
A large outbreak of severe thunderstorms impacted much of southern South Carolina, southeast Georgia and the adjacent Atlantic coastal waters, 2006 as a potent storm system moved across the region. Four confirmed tornadoes occurred along the central South Carolina coast during this event. More Details.
April 8, 2007
The Savannah Airport drops to 28 degrees, its lowest April temperature. Summerville SC also has their coldest April temperature, when the mercury falls to 27 degrees. This late season cold snap produced widespread frost and freezing temperatures across much of South Carolina and Georgia. Overall damage to both states were at least a 200 million dollar loss due to damaged fruit and vegetable plants.
April 8, 2010
An EF-0 tornado touches down near Bluffton, SC with estimated winds of 75 mph.
Today marks the anniversary of the death of Vilhelm Bjerknes, who is considered by many to be one of the founders of modern meteorology and weather forecasting. More Details.
April 9, 1961
An F0 is on the ground for about 3/4 miles, impacting the area near the SW Historic District of Savannah.
April 9, 1979
An F1 tornado "skipped" along the south side of Savannah for almost 11 miles. It destroyed two buildings and damaged a store and fire station. Damage was estimated up to $1 million and there were 10 injuries.
April 9, 1998
An outbreak of early morning tornadoes occurs across southesat GA, killing 6 and injuring 48 others. The first is an 8 mile long and 440 yard wide F3 that strikes north of Pembroke and Ellabell in Bryan County and destroys 74 homes and buildings. The tornado weakens to an F2 as it moves into a sparsely populated area of Effingham County near Eden. The tornado damages 40 homes and destroys 6 mobile homes. Then there is an F2 tornado that touched down in the Rye Patch Community of Long County where 3 people died (all were in mobile homes). Ten mobile homes were destroyed and two others were damaged along with a roof blown off a block house. Three people are kiled and another 24 injured. Then there is an F2 tornado that moved from Long County into Liberty County, which encompasses much of Fort Stewart Army Base. One soldier was killed while in a building and seven others were injured. Seven buildings were destroyed while another fifty-five suffered damage. Property damage is estimated at $38 million. The last tornado occurs in Bryan County to the west of Richmond Hill and is rated as an F1.
April 9, 2011
Severe thunderstorms impact Berkeley County in South Carolina, with hail as large as tennis balls (2.5 inches) and winds as high as 64 mph.
Strong offshore winds resulted in blow-out tides along the coast.
April 10, 1996
A new world record wind speed was recorded in Barrow Island, Australia during Typhoon Olivia, with a peak wind of 253.5 mph. Meanwhile locally, the wind at the Savannah airport reached 24 mph, while at the Charleston airport the wind reached 28 mph.
April 10, 2009
An EF-1 tornado causes an estimated $1 million property damage near Martin in Allendale County, followed by a stronger EF-2 tornado near Baldock in Allendale County that also causes an estimated $ 1 million damage. This tornado was on the ground for 5.6 miles and completely destroyed the Cave Methodist Church, but thankfully no injuries.
April 11, 2009
The area in and near Martin, of Allendale County in South Carolina is hit by two tornadoes. The stronger tornado was an EF2, with a path length of 5.6 miles long and 500 yards wide impacts the area and completely destroys the historic Cave Methodist Church. Thankfully there were no injuries.More Details.
April 12, 1934
A wind gust of 231 mph is recorded atop Mount Washington, New Hampshire, making it the fastest surface wind ever observed in the Western and Northern Hemispheres and the fastest wind ever observed at a manned surface station.
April 12, 1961
A brief F0 tornado touches down on Hilton Head Island near Broad Creek. A short time later an F1 tornado touches down and travels 2.5 miles on James Island. Earlier an F0 tornado was on the ground for 1/2 mile on Tybee island, near Fort Screven and the Tybee Island Lighthouse.
April 12, 2008
This is the only day in April where the record high temperature at the Savannah airport for the month has failed to reach at least 90 degrees. The record high for this day is only 88 degrees, last set in 2008.
April 13, 1743
Today is the birthday of our third president and the "father of weather observers", Thomas Jefferson. For over 50 years Jefferson took weather observations. He would compile a 5 year study on weather conditions in Paris, France and compared them to conditions in Virginia. He also experimented with hygrometers (used to determine relative humidity), and worked extensively on the collection of climate data, ensuring that the Lewis and Clark Expedition did the same. More Details.
April 13, 1936
The Savannah River near Clyo crests at 26.00 feet, its second highest in recorded history.
April 13, 1966
An F0 tornado briefly touches down along the northern fringes of the Charleston Air Force Base.
April 13, 2009
Severe thunderstorms moved through parts of southeast Georgia, producing wind damage and hail as large as golf balls in Liberty and Long County. In addition, an EF1 tornado hits southeast of Townsend in McIntosh County, Georgia. The track of the tornado is 8 miles long and 770 yards wide. Although there was damage to trees and some structures, fortunately nobody was injured.More Details.
April 14, 1975
The Savannah airport receives 3.50 inches of rainfall on this date, almost 1/2 inch greater than its entire April monthly average of 3.07 inches.
April 14, 1986
The heaviest hailstone on record of 2.25 pounds fell in the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh.
April 14, 2009
An EF-1 tornado touches down near Townsend, GA with estimated 100 mph winds. More Details.
April 15, 1936
The South Santee River near Jamestown crests at 32.00 feet, its second highest level in recorded history.
April 15, 1958
The Charleston Airport receives it greatest calendar day rainfall in April, when 4.10 inches of rain was recorded.
April 15, 1980
Strong offshore wind results in blow-out tides in the Fort Pulaski area.
April 15, 1999
An F2 tornado is on the ground for 3 miles near Ulmer, SC in Allendale County, destroying twenty acres of watermelons and rolling over a large tractor several times. Later that day a second tornado, this time an F1 moves through Colleton County near Ritter and Green Pond.
April 15, 2007
Severe thunderstorms produced 3 separate F1 tornadoes in Colleton County, resulting in 7 injuries. Thunderstorms winds also reached 60 mph in downtown Charleston. More Details.
April 16, 1962
The temperature falls to 32 degrees at the Savannah Airport, the latest date of a freeze at that location.
April 16, 2007
Strong offshore wind results in blow-out tides along many coastal areas.
April 16, 2011
A tornadic waterspout moves across Lake Moultrie and hits Saint Stephen as an EF1 tornado.
April 17, 1967
The temperature at the Savannah Airport reaches 95 degrees, which ties it for the hottest in April at that site.
April 17, 2003
Unusually high tides occur in the Fort Pulaski area resulting in minor coastal flooding.
April 18, 1958
Today is the last day of a stretch of 199 straight days where the temperature failed to reach 80 degrees in downtown Charleston; its longest streak on record.
April 18, 1969
What was a single tornado touches down in at least 9 areas as it moves east-northeast through Georgia. About 30 people were injured, but miraculously, no one was killed. Damage was estimated around $2 million. The tornado, rated an F2 traveled about 16 miles from rural Long County into Liberty County, hitting near the town of Fleming. Four homes were completely destroyed and 1 person was injured. When the tornado was moving through Liberty County, it was traveling more than 40 mph. It had one of the longest tracks of any tornado in Georgia, at close to 250 miles. The time between the first and last appearance of the tornado was about 7 hours.
April 18, 2007
Just two days after blow-out tides occurred, an unusually high tide results in flooding over parts of coastal Georgia.
April 19, 1999
An F1 tornado injures 2 and damages an house and or practically destroys 7 mobile homes, including one that flipped several times and was thrown into a nearby pond. The tornado occurs from 7 miles west of Metter to near Willow Lake Golf Club in the Metter area of GA. There are also 2 brief F0 tornadoes that cause minor damage to the east of Metter and in Bulloch County north of Pulaski.
April 19, 2007
Unusually high tides occur, with flooding in parts of downtown Charleston and erosion along the South Carolina coast. The renourishment project that earlier occurred at Folly Beach is completely ruined by the high tides and erosion.
April 19, 2013
An outbreak of severe weather hits parts of the area, with 39 reports of wind damage. This includes a tree down on a church near Mendes, GA and a tree down on I-95 near Walterboro, SC.
April 19, 2015
A severe QLCS moved through all of southern SC and southeast GA during the late afternoon and evening with 36 reports of wind damage. This included a fallen tree that brushed a house near Summerville, SC, a tree down on a garage and vehicle in Goose Creek, SC and a tree on a vehicle in Walthourville, GA.
April 20, 1983
The latest freeze occurs at the Charleston Airport on this date.
April 20, 2002
But in contrast the highest April temperature at the Charleston Airport occurs on this date when the temperature reaches 95 degrees.
April 21, 2010
A waterspout was sighted about 2 to 3 miles off the coast of Isle of Palms.
April 21, 2011
Large hail fell in various areas of southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia, while strong thunderstorm winds forced a sailboat to run aground at the jetties near the entrance to the Charleston Harbor.
April 22, 1901
The temperature of 41 degrees in downtown Charleston that occurred on this date is the coldest temperature at that location so late in the spring season.
April 22, 1955
An F1 tornado is on the ground for around 5 miles as it skirts the eastern portions of the Savannah city limits before dissipating as it reaches the Savannah River. There are no reports of injuries or fatalities.
April 22, 1997
An F1 tornado travels about 1/2 mile and causes minor damage near St. George in Dorchester County. There is also an F1 tornado that tracks 5 miles across far northern Candler County, GA. It causes livestock to be killed, minor damage to a home, a boat lifted off a trailer and thrown 1/4 mile and damage to farm equipment.
April 22, 2011
One inch hail fell in parts of Effingham County, Georgia.
April 23, 1971
Severe weather hits parts of southeast Georgia, including an F1 tornado that touches down at least three times near Hilltonia along its 6 mile path. There were also winds near 70 mph in a severe storm in parts of Screven County, and an F2 in Tattnall County that demolishes 3 mobiles homes and injures 3 people north of Glennville.
April 23, 1980
Downtown Charleston reaches its hottest April temperature on record at 94 degrees.
April 23, 2011
Five swimmers caught in rip currents were rescued at Tybee Island.
April 24, 1881
Today is the last day of a stretch of 194 straight days where the temperature failed to reach 80 degrees in the Savannah area; it's longest streak on record.
April 24, 1958
The temperature at the Savannah airport reaches 94 degrees, the second highest on record for the month of April in the Savannah area.
April 24, 1964
An F1 tornado briefly touches down in the city of Allendale, SC causing an estimated $250,000 damage.
April 25, 1929
An F4 tornado kills at least 40 people and injures at least 300 in southeast Georgia. The tornado had an average path width of 800 yards and a path length of 55 miles. It reached a path width of 1 mile in Bulloch County, where 31 people were killed.
April 25, 1958
Beaufort, South Carolina reaches their hottest April temperature on record with a reading of 95 degrees.
April 25, 2015
Severe thunderstorms impacted parts of southeast GA, with numerous reports of trees and powerlines down in several different counties. One of the storms produced a wind gust of 81 mph at the Savannah airport and damaged several aircrafts. Storms also produced a wind gust of 91 mph on an elevated crane and knocked over a shipping crane at the GA Ports Authority.
April 8, 1980
A tornado developed west of Bloomingdale in Chatham County and tracked to near the Effingham County line before dissipating. Witnesses reported the tornado consisted of double funnels.
April 26, 2006
There are 4 reported tornadoes that impact parts of the SC Lowcountry in about an hours time. There was an F1 west of Walterboro, another F1 in Summerville and a third F1 in the Francis Marion National Forecast east of Huger that dissipates north of Awendaw. An F0 tornado also occurs south of Givhans in Dorchester County.
April 26, 2011
Quarter sized hail fell near Ulmer, in Allendale County of South Carolina.
April 27, 1950
An F1 tornado travels about 3/4 mile through Berkeley County, not far from Cypress Gardens.
April 27, 1975
An F1 tornado struck the Statesboro Airport, damaging 4 planes and leaving them placed in a circle.
April 27, 1986
The temperature at the Savannah Airport reaches 95 degrees, which ties it for the hottest in April at that site.
April 27, 1990
The temperature at Summerville, South Carolina reaches 96 degrees, the hottest in April for that site.
April 28, 1980
The river level on the South Santee near Jamestown fell to 1.83 feet, its second lowest on record.
April 28, 1985
An F0 tornado near Canadys in Colleton County moved a tornado off its foundation, and damaged roofs to a barn and garage.
April 28, 1997
Downtown Charleston receives 3.67 inches of rain on this date, its greatest 1-day rainfall in April.
April 28, 1999
An F1 tornado is on the ground for 3 miles near Huger in Berkeley County, causing an estimated $50,000 damage.
April 28, 2010
Strong offshore wind results in blow-out tides in the Fort Pulaski area.
April 29, 1905
In the southeast part of Texas, the community of Taylor is deluged with 2.4 inches of rain in just 15 minutes.
April 29, 1922
The low temperature of 45 degrees in downtown Charleston is the coldest so late in the spring season.
April 30, 1975
The Savannah Airport gets dumped on with 5.62 inches of rain, its greatest 1-day total for April.
May 1, 2008
The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network officially starts in Georgia. More Details
May 2, 1963
The coldest recorded May temperatures occur at both the Charleston and Savannah airports. Charleston drops to 36 degrees and Savannah falls to 39 degrees.
May 3, 1761
Large tornadoes sweep through the Charleston Harbor, when a British fleet of 40 sails were at anchor. It raised a wave 12 feet high, leaving many vessels on their beam ends. Four people drowned.
May 3, 1956
A 10 mile long F1 tornado moves through Hampton County, traveling from near Estill to an area south of Varnville before dissipating.
May 3, 1975
An F2 tornado travels from Clyo, GA and then crosses the Savannah River, before dissipating northwest of Tillman, in Jasper County, SC.
May 3, 1984
Almost simultaneously, F1 tornadoes occur near Pritchardville in Beaufort County and 3-4 miles east of Hardeeville, SC. Two mobile homes were destroyed in the Beaufort County tornado, while a 48 foot fishing boat sank off Hilton Head Island during severe thunderstorms a short time later. Meanwhile, there are 4 other tornadoes that occurred in southeast GA. An F1 near Excelsior in Candler County, an F2 that tracks 20 miles through Bulloch County from near Register to near the Screven County line which injures 30, destroys 30 homes and also produces golf ball sized hail. Two other F1 tornadoes occur in the Hillview Community of northern Tattnall County and in the northern part of Effingham County.
May 3, 1999
A devastating F5 tornado hits Oklahoma City with the highest winds ever measured in a tornado at 318 mph! More Details
May 4, 1987
Severe thunderstorms that knocked homes off their foundations in Lee County of SC weakened by the time they reached the local area. However, they did produce winds as high as 30 mph at the Savannah airport and 23 mph at the airport in Charleston.
May 4, 2002
A cluster of strong to severe thunderstorms developed over Dorchester County, racing east at 50 mph. Several funnel clouds developed in the cluster, with three of them briefly touching the ground as F0 tornadoes. The first occurred just outside St. George, the second west of Ridegville and the third near Goose Creek in Berkeley County.
li class="dateheader">May 5, 1974
A severe thunderstorm produces golf ball sized hail and heavy rains in Savannah. There is water damage in some buildings and downed trees crushed two cars.
May 5, 1989
Severe weather impacts the area from the lower Ohio Valley to the Carolinas and Virginia. Storms weakened as they reached the local area, but still did produce a wind gust of 39 mph at the Charleston airport.
May 6, 1952
Temperatures across the area reached the mid and upper 90s; including 99 degrees from a Cooperative Observer near Millen.
May 6, 1958
A short lived F1 tornado touches down just west of Walterboro, SC and causes 1 injury. A short time later an F0 tornado briefly touches down in far northern Dorchester County near Indian Field Swamp to the north of St. George.
May 6, 2003
An F1 tornado tracks through an area near Jedberg in Dorchester County, SC, twisting and shearing off tree tops. There was also roof damage to homes and an industrial plant, and the tornado displaced 4000 pound bales of steel wire at the plant. No Injuries were reported.
May 7, 1840
A mile wide tornado destroys the Natchez, Mississippi about noon, leaving 317 people dead. This was the worst tornado in the history of the United States that occurred before the establishment of the Weather Bureau.
May 7, 1905
The observation site in Savannah receives 2.10 inches of rainfall, a record for the date.
May 7, 1967
A short-lived F0 tornado touches down north of Moncks Corner, SC.
May 7, 1984
Severe thunderstorms produced hail 2 1/2 inches in diameter on Sullivans Island, SC.
May 7, 2006
A brief F0 tornado touches down near St. Stephen in Berkeley County, SC.
May 7, 2014
Lifeguards on Isle of Palms report several cuts in the sandbar and gulleys in various places along the beach. The result is several rip currents, including 1 where a 20 year old drowns after being caught in a rip current just north of the county park.
May 8, 1989
The record low temperature of 43 degrees for the date at the Savannah airport is its coldest so late in the spring season.
May 8, 1998
Shortly after midnight an F1 tornado briefly touches down near St. Stephen in Berkeley County, with the portion of a roof taken off and numerous trees snapped off and uprooted. Later that day a brief F0 tornado touches down in the Savannah area and causes minor damage to a local mall.
May 8, 2009
A strong onshore flow resulted in several rip currents along coastal GA. Tybee Island Ocean Rescue reported several rip currents that were 25 to 40 feet wide and going out 200 feet from shore along Tybee Beach between 16th and 17th Street.
May 8, 2014
The lifeguards at the county park on Isle of Palms reported several rip currents throughout the day, including 5 rescues near the pier.
May 9, 2012
Severe storms knocked down several trees in a few counties from Berkeley County to Chatham County.
May 10, 1917
For the third consecutive year on this date, the town of Codell, Kansas is struck by a tornado. The tornadoes are estimated to be F2, F3 and F4 respectively on the Fujita Scale.
May 10, 1936
The Cooperative Observer near Millen records a maximum temperature of 100 degrees.
May 10, 1998
Severe thunderstorms struck the SC Low Country, producing a rare F2 tornado near Ladson and Goose Creek. A total of four tornadoes were reported, with the first an F0 that occurred northeast of St. George in Dorchester County. A second F0 formed a short time later near Summerville, followed by the F2 that was on the ground for 10 miles, and finally another F0 near St. Stephen in Berkeley County. There were 442 homes damaged (17 destroyed, 113 major damage, and the remainder had minor damage. Areas hardest hit were Frankie Lane and Royale Road, where numerous mobile homes were located. There was a 90 year old female who was injured severely when her mobile home was flipped and thrown more than 40 feet. She died several hours later. Several eye witnesses reported seeing vortices rotating around the main funnel. This fact was born out by the damage pattern in several areas. Meanwhile in GA, a brief F1 tornado touches down near Newington in Screven County, causing around $10,000 damage. More Details
May 11, 2008
Today marks the anniversary of the so-called Mothers Day Tornado Outbreak, with reports of 5 tornadoes, wind damage and severe hail in the local area. This included an EF-4 tornado in McIntosh County, GA. More Details.
May 12, 1915
Downtown Charleston receives 4.70 inches of rain on this date.
May 12, 1916
A world record rain occurs when a mind-boggling 7.80 inches of rain falls in just 15 minutes at Plumb Point in Jamaica. Meanwhile locally, it was a dry and warm day with highs in the middle 80s.
May 12, 1971
An F1 tornado briefly touches down near Millen, GA, while in Screven County there are reports of hail as large as 2 1/4 inches in diameter, destroying or damaging many crops.
May 12, 1974
Widespread severe weather occurs during the pre-dawn and early morning hours across southeast GA, including 4 tornadoes. The first is a 9 1/2 mile track F2 tornado that cuts through the Glennville area of Tattnall County, killing 7 and injuring 4 others. The second was an F1 near Rincon and Springfield that killed 3 and injured 5 others. The next was an F1 near Denmark that kills 6 and injures 5. Miraculously there were 6 family members that escaped serious injury as their trailed blew their trailer 200 ft into a tree and disintegrating it. The last tornado is an F2 that kills 2 and injures 4 at Gum Branch near the Long and Libert County line. In Chatham County on Wilmington Island a boat house and four boats are severely damaged by a severe storm. Finally, an F1 tornado touches down for 1 1/2 miles as it moves through Summerville, SC.
May 13, 1972
Unusually high tides occur in the Fort Pulaski area, resulting in coastal flooding over parts of southeast GA.
May 14, 1686
Gabriel Fahrenheit is born in Germany. He made the first reliable thermometers, and the temperature scale he created is named after him. More Details
An outbreak of severe weather impacts the area with 48 reports of hail and wind damage. This included an F1 tornado near Ravenel, SC and an F0 near Cainhoy, SC. There was hail as big as tennis balls near Ruffin, SC, with 2 inch hail in Port Wentworth, GA and Walterboro, SC. A car dealership in Rincon suffered $1 million damage to their cars due to large hail.
May 14, 2016
A small M1.8 earthquake occurs just south of Summerville, SC.
May 15, 1995
A severe thunderstorm produced 2 inch hail and also a brief F0 tornado that caused a tied down mobile home to be blown off its foundation in Cross, SC.
A small F1 tornado hits the city of Charleston about 130 miles east of the center of Tropical Depression Alma. Another tornado, this one an F2 hits Tybee island and then touches down at Lazerreto Creek, 2 1/2 miles away.
May 25, 1971
Two girls in Savannah suffered minor injuries when lightning struck nearby and there is widespread flooding of streets and basements in the city.
May 25, 1973
An F1 tornado damages mobile homes in the Pooler, GA area.
Sub-tropical storm Beryl became a Tropical Storm as it moved west toward the northeast FL coast. Associated swell energy and strengthening onshore winds resulted in numerous reports of rip currents on Tybee Island.
May 28, 1959
A brief F0 tornado touches down in McIntosh County, near Eulonia, GA.
The temperature at Savannah reaches 101 degrees, tying it for the hottest in May.
May 30, 1973
Strong winds accompanied by heavy rain swept through the Savannah area, toppling partially complete concrete walls at a construction site and injuring 3 workers.
May 30, 2005
A 4 mile long F1 tornado moves across James Island, SC and damages or destroys several large road signs, uproots trees or snaps them off, and causes minor damage to several homes. Thankfully no injuries were reported.
May 30, 2006
An F-1 tornado moves through James Island, and then later passes into Charleston Harbor as a large waterspout.
May 30, 2009
Six people are rescued in rip currents at the Isle of Palms County Park.
May 31, 1934
A tropical storm makes landfall near Hilton Head Island.
May 31, 1945
The temperature at the Savannah airport reaches 101 degrees, tying it for the hottest in May. Also, the total rainfall at the Charleston airport from March 1 through May 31 was only 2.60 inches. This is the lowest total on record for those 3 spring months.
May 31, 1953
An F0 tornado travels northeast for more than 4 miles from near Cottageville then crosses the Edisto River and dissipates just inside Dorchester County, SC.
May 31, 1998
Several waterspouts are sighted off the coast of Tybee Island.
May 31, 2007
One person drowns in a rip current on Hilton Head Island.
May 31, 2014
An active day for waterspouts, with sightings 3 miles southeast of Fort Sumter, another near Fort Pulaski and a brief EF-0 tornado on Kiawah Island that may have initially developed as a waterspout before it moved onshore. More Details
June 1, 1985
The temperature in downtown Charleston reaches 100 degrees, making it the earliest to reach the century mark at that location.
June 1, 2013
Tybee Island lifeguards reported numerous rip currents resulting in 3 rescues and 9 assists during the day.
June 2, 1972
The coldest June temperature at the Charleston airport occurs, when the mercury drops to 50 degrees.
June 2, 1985
Downtown Charleston records a temperature of 104 degrees, tying it for the hottest temperature in recorded history. Meanwhile, the Savannah airport also reaches 104 degrees, making it the hottest in June for that location.
June 2, 1998
A brief waterspout is observed by the Beaufort County EM just off the coast of Hilton Head Island.
June 3, 1985
In the midst of an early season heat wave that lasted several days, temperatures around the area topped out over 100 degrees. This included 108 at Yemassee, 104 near Millen, and 103 at Fort Stewart and the Savannah airport.
June 4, 2009
Waterspouts are sighted off the coast of Kiawah and Edisto Island.
June 4, 2012
Severe thunderstorms produced numerous reports of wind damage and hail across southeast Georgia. The hail was as large as the size of baseballs near Hinesville and as large as golf balls near McIntosh in Liberty County.
June 4, 2013
The NWS Storm Survey determined that 2 EF-1 tornadoes touched down in northern Dorchester County.
June 5, 1983
Today is the last day of a stretch of 275 straight days where the temperature failed to reach 90 degrees at the Charleston airport; tying it for the longest streak on record.
June 5, 1995
One waterspout is sighted off the coast of Hilton Head Island, and later moves onshore as an F1 tornado that travels 3 miles across the island.
June 5, 2012
For the second day in a row severe storms impacted parts of southeast Georgia. Hail was reported as large as golf balls near Riceboro.
June 6, 1997
Downtown Charleston gets dumped on with 7.38 inches of rainfall.
June 6, 2009
A waterspout occurs in the Cooper River between Daniel Island and Drum Island near Charleston.
June 6 and 7, 2016
Tropical Storm Colin moves through the northeast Gulf of Mexico late on the 6th, across northern Florida after midnight, before emerging in the Atlantic off the coast of Georgia early on the 7th. As much as 3-4 inches of rain fell, there were reports of flash flooding in parts of Hampton and Jasper counties, and roads were closed in parts of downtown Charleston due to "King Tides". The highest winds were 43 knots at Buoy 41004 and 53 mph on Sapelo Island.
June 7, 1968
Tropical Storm Abby crossed northeast from near Augusta, GA into the upstate of SC. Wind gusts reached near 50 mph along the coast of SC, with moderate erosion along the coast reported from Tybee Island to McClellanville. A waterspout associated with the fringes of Abby moved onshore as a brief F0 tornado over the northeast part of Isle of Palms, SC.
June 7, 1983
Severe thunderstorms destroyed several mobile homes in Jedburg, SC, while an F1 tornado skipped along for 4 miles in Dorchester County and causes considerable damage to trees, powerlines and one house. The tornado first touched down 1 mile northeast of Grover, SC and then moved to near Byrd, SC.
June 7, 1994
A funnel cloud that passed over the Carnes Crossroads in Berkeley County, touched down briefly 7 miles southwest of Moncks Corner as a F0 tornado, damaging a mobile home and nearby metal sheds.
June 7, 2009
For the second day in a row a waterspout occurs in the Cooper River. This time it occurs north of the Don Holt Bridge in the North Charleston area.
June 7, 2013
Tropical Storm Andrea moves northeast through southeast GA and southern SC during the morning hours, with winds as high as 40 to 54 mph, rainfall as much as 5 to 7 inches and produces 2 rip currents at the Isle of Palms. More Details.
June 7, 2016
Four to five foot breakers lingering at the beaches from Tropical Storm Colin off the North Carolina coast produced a large rip current on the north end of Isle of Palms between 41st and 42nd Avenue. Two separate individuals had to be rescued from the rip current. Earlier in the day a small M1.8 earthquake occurs near Summerville.
Several waterspouts were reported by the Charleston Harbor Pilots and the public in Charleston Harbor.
June 10, 2005
Two waterspouts are reported off the coast of Kiawah Island.
June 10, 2008
A severe thunderstorm produced 1.75 inch hail at Shellman Bluff in McIntosh County, Georgia.
June 10, 2013
Severe thunderstorms impacted much of southern SC and southeast GA, producing numerous reports of trees and power lines down in many locations. Unfortunately 7 people were injured near Bloomingdale in Chatham County as multiple vehicles ran into a tree that fell on Bloomingdale Road.
June 11, 1965
An F0 tornado briefly touches down in Cross, SC not far from Lake Moultrie.
June 11, 1973
The Charleston area receives record rainfall. Downtown Charleston receives not only its greatest June 1 day rainfall, but also its greatest 1 day rainfall for any month, when 10.38 inches of rain occurs. The Charleston airport receives 9.40 inches, the most ever in June since record keeping began.
June 11, 2005
Low pressure off the southeast coast produced numerous rip currents that required 4 rescues on Tybee Island.
June 11, 2012
An EF-1 tornado with estimated winds of 85 to 90 mph occurs south of Ridgeland in Jasper County, SC. More Details
June 11, 2016
A waterspout was reported by the Edisto Police Department just off the coast of Edisto Island.
June 12, 1903
An earthquake of intensity V is felt near Savannah.
June 12, 1913
The morning low temperatures of 49 degrees at both the Savannah and in downtown Charleston is the coldest for the month of June.
June 12, 1972
The morning low temperature of 50 degrees at the Charleston airport in the coldest for the month of June.
June 12, 1995
A large thunderstorm that caused an F1 tornado travels northwest for 7 miles from Pritchards Island to Harbor Island in Beaufort County. It caused considerable damage to trees and one dormitory, the evacuation of 150 people and more than 100 power power outages.
June 12, 2001
The remnants of Tropical Storm Allison moved through the southeast states, producing 8 tornadoes in southern South Carolina. Fortunately none of them produced any major damage.
June 12, 2004
An F1 tornado that's on the ground for 3 miles causes numerous trees to be snapped or uprooted outside of Allendale and to the west of Seigling, SC.
June 12, 2008
Two waterspouts are reported off the coast of Folly Beach.
June 13, 2006
NWS damage survey confirms brief F0 tornado touch down near the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital. Storm track was 1 mile long with tornado path 30 yards. Tree damage was observed at the MUSC Hospital parking lot as well as numerous cars damaged from flying debris at the hospital and nearby hotel parking lot. The tornado crossed Highway 17 and produced additional tree damage off Lockwood Blvd and damaged police cars at the Charleston Police station motorpool. Other F0 tornadoes that day were reported in Laurel Bay in Beaufort County, near Awendaw and in Lincolnville of Charleston County, and in Cross of Berkeley County. In southeast GA, an F1 touched down near Thunderbolt in Chatham County, damaging 20 homes and several vehicles. Finally an F0 tornado touched down near Springfield, causing just minor damage.
June 13, 2007
A long lasting waterspout develops off the coast near the Folly Pier.
June 14, 1966
Today is the last day of a stretch of 275 straight days where the temperature failed to reach 90 degrees at the Charleston airport; tying it for the longest streak on record.
June 14, 2006
Seven tornadoes occur as the result of Tropical Storm Alberto. This includes an EF-1 in Chatham County. More Details
June 15, 1980
The minimum temperature at the airport in Savannah falls to only 83 degrees; its highest minimum temperature for the month of June on record.
June 15, 2004
An F0 tornado briefly touches down in the Pinckney National Wildlife Refuge, causing very little damage.
June 15, 2010
The minimum temperature in downtown Charleston falls to only 84 degrees; its highest minimum temperature for the month of June on record.
June 16, 1985
An F1 tornado moves through a recreational area on Hilton Head Island, destroying a mobile home and injuring four people.
June 16, 2009
Severe thunderstorms with wind damage and hail as large as 1.5 to 1.75 inches impacts parts of southeast Georgia, as well as Jasper and Beaufort County in South Carolina.
June 16, 2012
Northeast flow between 15-20 knots persisted between a wedge of high pressure north of the region and low pressure over the Atlantic. Conditions remained favorable through the day for rip currents along the southeast Georgia coast. As a result, Tybee Island lifeguards reported 6 rip current related rescues.
June 17, 2002
The lowest recorded level occurs on the Canoochee River near Claxton, with a gage reading of 0.87 feet. The Ohoopee River near Reidsville also records their lowest level, with a gage reading of 0.44 feet.
June 17, 2005
A waterspout is sighted near the mouth of the Charleston Harbor.
A widespread severe weather event unfolded as a severe QLCS marched through the entire forecast area from north to south. Extreme instability with temperatures in the mid and upper 90s and dew points in the 70s, plus the approach of a pre-frontal surface trough and a positively tilted upper level trough caused wind damage reports in every county of the Charleston forecast area. With over 90 reports of wind damage, this was the most extensive severe weather event in the local area since 2006. More Details
June 18, 1986
Extremely high tides occur in the Charleston area, resulting in areas of coastal flooding.
June 18, 2005
A busy day for waterspouts, with sightings off the coast of Isle of Palms, Edisto Beach and Hilton Head Island.
June 18, 2011
An outbreak of severe weather hits parts of the area during the late evening hours. There are 35 reports of wind damage as a result.
June 18, 2016
A 46 year old man unfortunately drowns in what may have been a rip current at the beach on Tybee Island. There are 18 rip current related rescues that also occurred.
June 19, 1977
An F1 tornado struck a farm near Reidsville, demolishing one building and doing extensive damage to others.
June 19, 2008
An EF 1 tornado occurs in Chatham County near Montgomery Crossroads and Harry Truman Parkway, with winds of 90-100 mph. More Details
June 19, 2013
Two to four inches or rain occurs in a short period of time in the Charleston metro area. This happens unfortunately during the evening rush hour and at high tide. This creates significant flooding of roads and generates an extensive traffic nightmare with road closures and a few vehicles stranded in the rainwater.
June 19, 2016
Tybee Ocean Rescue reported numerous rip currents occurring along all portions of the Tybee Island coast with several rescues required. Meanwhile on Folly Beach there were 2 rip currents and 2 rescues that were necessary.
June 20, 2008
A waterspout is sighted 2 miles southeast of downtown Charleston.
June 21, 1976
An F1 tornado briefly touches down in Summerville and damages 6 homes.
June 21, 1986
Extremely high tides occur in the Charleston area, resulting in areas of coastal flooding.
June 21, 2004
An F0 tornado touched down briefly along Highway 121 west of Mendes in Tattnall County, GA and knocks trees down across the highway.
June 21, 2008
The Charleston Tri-County area receives severe thunderstorms, some producing hail up to 1.75 inches in diameter, plus a brief EF-0 tornado in Berkeley County to the southwest of Cross. There was unfortunately one injury.
June 22, 1867
A category 1 hurricane hits near Charleston.
June 22, 2000
An F1 tornado is on the ground for 2 miles as it moves through parts of the city of Hampton, SC. Fortunately there is only minor roof damage along with numerous trees down.
June 22, 2009
Significant flooding and beach erosion occurs along the coast of southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia. Tides were unusually high as a result of the Perigean Spring Tide. More Details
June 22, 2015
Severe thunderstorms during the evening produced wind gusts of 64 mph and 68 mph at the Savannah airport. This would also be the last day in a stretch of about 9 or 10 straight days with the temperature of 95 degrees or higher across much of the area.
June 23, 1982
The temperature falls to an all-time record low at the South Pole in Antarctica, when the mercury plummets to minus 117 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile locally on this date, thunderstorms dumped 2.31 inches of rain at the airport in Savannah.
June 23, 2013
Tybee Island lifeguards reported 3 rescues and 9 assists due to rip currents.
June 23, 2014
The Savannah airport receives its greatest 1-day total, when an incredible 6.65 inches of rain occurs. Also, a waterspout was sighted in the Beaufport River, not far from Waterfront Park in Beaufort.
June 24, 1900
Today is the last day of a stretch of 286 straight days where the temperature failed to reach 90 degrees in the Savannah area; its longest streak on record.
June 24, 1978
An F1 tornado briefly touches down south of Sylvania, damaging a few homes and a corn crop.
June 24, 1985
Category 1 Hurricane Bob makes landfall near Fripp Island, producing 5 inches of rain at the Charleston airport. More Details
June 24, 2013
Several waterspouts were sighted just off the coast of Tybee Island.
June 25, 1945
A tropical storm strengthens into a Category 1 hurricane as it moves north and northeast just off the Georgia and South Carolina coasts.
June 25, 2006
Four people are caught in a rip current on Sullivans Island. While 3 of them are rescued, the fourth unfortunately drowns.
June 26, 2001
A waterspout is sighted about 2 miles off the coast of Isle of Palms.
June 26, 2005
An 18 year old male drowned when he was cuaght in a rip current on Tybee Island.
June 26, 2008
A small child is rescued in a rip current near the Folly Beach Pier. Also, near Reevesville in Dorchester County, a severe thunderstorms produces golf ball sized hail.
June 26, 2013
Severe thunderstorms produced hail as large as tennis balls, or around 2.5 inches in diameter in the Shadowmoss area of West Ashley near Charleston.
June 27, 1941
Summerville in South Carolina receives 8.80 inches of rain on this date.
June 27, 1982
An F1 tornado touches down in the old village area of Mt. Pleasant, SC, causing damage to several homes and uprooting numerous trees.
June 27, 2008
There are several rescues from rip currents on Tybee Island.
June 27, 2009
An EF 0 tornado, with estimated winds of 70 to 80 mph occurs in Hanahan, SC. More Details
June 27, 2015
Three waterspouts are sighted a few miles off the southern end of Tybee Island.
June 28, 1982
Downtown Charleston receives 3.69 inches of rain on this date.
June 28, 2001
A waterspout is reported about 5 to 10 miles off the coast of Hilton Head Island.
June 29, 1978
A thunderstorm produces nickel sized hail that covers lawns in Savannah.
July 29, 1986
A severe thunderstorm destroys 5 mobile homes and damages 3 others 12 miles southeast of Reidsville, GA. Six workers living in the mobile homes suffered minor injuries.
June 29, 1999
The Savannah airport receives a whopping 6.60 inches of rain on this date.
June 29, 2001
A waterspout in the Wilmington River comes close to moving onshore near Thunderbolt outside of Savannah, before dissipating.
June 29, 2008
An EF 0 tornado hits Johns Island, resulting in 60 to 70 mph winds. More Details
June 29, 2013
Tybee Island lifeguards reported numerous rip currents, resulting in 9 rescues.
June 30, 1994
A waterspout occurs near Ladys Island in Beaufort County, then moves onshore as an F0 tornado.
June 30, 1999
Beaufort receives 7.65 inches of rain on this date.
June 30, 2010
The month ends with the warmest June on record at the Charleston airport. The average temperature for the month was 83.4 degrees, while normal is 79 degrees. More Details
June 30, 2012
Excessive heat impacted many parts of southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia, with maximum heat indices of 114-121 degrees.
June 30, 2013
There was an unfortunate drowning on the north end of Isle of Palms, SC due to what may have been a rip current. Also, a brief waterspout was sighted just off the coast of Hilton Head Island, while torrential rains produced 1.65 inches of rain in 1 hours time in Mt. Pleasant, Sc and 1 inch rain in 20 minutes time near Gifford in Hampton County, SC.
July 1, 1814
A tropical storm produces a tornado near the city of Charleston.
July 1, 1886
A category 2 hurricane makes landfall near Apalachicola, Florida, then weakens to a tropical storm over southeast Georgia, before moving into the South Carolina midlands.
July 1, 1998
The lowest temperature for the day is a sultry 86 degrees in downtown Charleston, which ties it for the highest minimum temperature in recorded history at this location.
July 1, 2003
Much of the Charleston forecast area was impacted by the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill as it tracked across northern GA. A outbreak of tornadoes occurs, including an F1 near Scarboro in Jenkins County, an F2 north of Statesboro, another F2 near Route 301 along the Bulloch and Screven County lines, another F2 south of Sylvania, an f1 in northern Bulloch County and finally an F1 near Ogeechee in Screven County, GA. Fortunately no one was hurt. Meanwhile, an F-1 tornado touched down just southwest of the city of Hampton, SC, damaging a retail store when three of the walls collapsed almost completely. Several homes were also damaged when trees fell on top of them. The tornado length was 10 miles and the average width was 100 yards. Less than an hour later a second F-1 tornado touched down just south of Smoaks, SC in Colleton County. A mobile home suffered roof damage and one car was crushed by a fallen tree. The tornado length was 1 mile and the average width was 100 yards.
July 1, 2004
A waterspout is sighted off Sullivans Island, South Carolina.
July 1, 2012
For the third day in a row excessive heat occurred across southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia, with maximum heat indices of 116-121 degrees. The pattern then changed dramatically as a wide ranging severe thunderstorm event unfolded later that evening, with dozens of reports of wind damage across several counties.
July 1, 2015
Smoke from huge wildfires in western Canada traveled more than 2000 miles and blanketed the area with a dirty looking sky.
July 2, 1843
Weather historian, David Ludlum reports that an alligator supposedly fell from the sky in a thunderstorm on Anson Street in downtown Charleston.
July 2, 1994
Several waterspouts were sighted off the coast from Isle of Palms to Edisto Beach, South Carolina.
July 2, 2013
Lightning strikes in Chatham County, GA caused a fire at townhomes near Bloomingdale and injured a person near Meinhard.
July 2, 2015
A squall line raced through southern SC and southeast GA producing more than 3 dozen reports of wind damage. Riceboro in Liberty County and Beaufort were the hardest hit with numerous trees down in both areas, causing widespread power outages.
July 3, 1909
A tropical depression moves east northeast through Georgia to off the coast of southeast South Carolina.
July 3, 1981
The Charleston airport records 5.39 inches of rain on this date, making it the most for a 1 day period in recorded history during the month of July.
July 3, 2014
Three people are struck by lightning on Tybee Island and transported to the hospital. Meanwhile, Hurricane Arthur passes by to the east over the Atlantic and produced wind gusts as high as 67 mph at Buoy 41004.
July 3, 2015
For the second day in a row a squall line moves through the area; this time confined to the SC counties and Screven and Jenkins County in GA. Again there are more than 3 dozen reports of wind damage, which included a wind gust to 62 mph at the Charleston Airport. Widespread power outages were reported in the Charleston metro-area, and there was a waterspout off the south end of Folly Beach.
July 4, 1956
The greatest 1 minute rainfall in recorded world history occurs at Unionville, Maryland, when an incredible 1.23 inches of rain fell. A total of 2.84 inches fell in a 50 minute thunderstorm that moved through the area. Compare that to the highest 1 day totals locally for July 4th of 3.26 inches at the airport in Charleston, 2.24 inches in downtown Charleston and 2.09 inches in the Savannah area.
July 4, 2013
The lifeguards at Tybee Island reported several rip currents, with 2 rescues and 16 assists needed.
July 4, 2016
Numerous reports and pictures indicated that a brief waterspout occurred along the Little Ogeechee River just south of Coffee Bluff Marina in Chatham County. There is also another waterspout sighted off the coast of Wassaw Island.
July 5, 1952
The coolest July temperature ever recorded occurs at the Charleston airport, when the temperature falls to 58 degrees.
July 5, 1965
An F1 tornado touches down in Hanahan, SC, traveling about 1/2 mile before dissipating.
July 5, 1979
An F0 tornado briefly touches down in Ellabell of Bryan County, GA.
July 5, 1983
A severe thunderstorm destroys or heavily damages 20 boats on Hilton Head Island.
July 5, 2006
A brief waterspout is sighted in the Ashley River near the Westmoreland Bridge in Charleston.
July 5, 2013
One person drowned due to a rip current at Hilton Head Island, while a second person was hospitalized due to swallowing ocean water after being caught in a rip current at Tybee Island.
July 6, 1902
The temperature reaches 104 degrees at Beaufort and 103 degrees in downtown Charleston. Both of these temperatures are tied for the hottest in July at their respective location.
July 6, 2006
A waterspout occurs in the marsh near Sunbury, in Liberty County of Georgia.
July 6, 2014
A waterspout was sighted about 3 miles southeast and just offshore of the Hilton Head airport. A second waterspout was also spotted just off the coast of James Island.
July 7, 1967
An F2 tornado unroofs three homes and causes golf ball size hail west of Hilltonia, in Screven County, GA.
July 7, 1969
Several National Guardsmen were stunned and one suffered serious injury when lightning hit nearby.
July 7, 2008
Several waterspouts are sighted off the coast from Fripp Island, SC to Tybee and Skidaway Island, GA.
July 7, 2011
An onshore flow and elevated swell resulted in numerous rip currents and 16 rip current related rescues on Tybee island.
July 8, 1950
Downtown Charleston receives 5.89 inches of rainfall on this date.
July 8, 1959
During the late evening Category 1 Hurricane Cindy makes landfall in McClellanville. The tropical cyclone produced heavy rainfall which led to considerable flooding and at least 1 death. More Details
July 8, 2003
Today marks the latest occurrence of the first 90 degree day in downtown Charleston.
July 9, 1903
Savannah receives 4.08 inches of rainfall on this date.
July 9, 2011
An onshore flow and elevated swell resulted in numerous rip currents and 5 rip current related rescues on Tybee island.
July 10, 1856
At precisely midnight the scientific genius and visionary inventor Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia. Some of his notable accomplishments included his discovery of ball lightning and his production of artificial lightning. He is also the first scientist in the world who wanted to utilize the ionosphere for the benefit of humanity, by transmitting electrical energy without wires over long distances.
July 10, 1948
The greatest 1 day amount of rainfall in July occurs at the Savannah airport, when 5.36 inches is recorded.
July 10, 2010
The Savannah pilot boat reports a thunderstorm wind gust to near hurricane force in the Atlantic near Buoy Tango.
July 11, 2007
An outbreak of severe weather occurs across parts of the area, with 48 reports of wind damage. This includes roof damage and several windows broken at a home in Pinopolis, SC. There is also a tornadic waterspout that is sighted over the southeast part of Lake Moultrie.
July 11, 2010
Severe thunderstorms produced wind damage and hail as large as 1.25 inches in parts of southeast Georgia. Over the nearby Atlantic waters there was a wind gust to almost 70 mph at Grays Reef.
July 11, 2007
An outbreak of severe weather occurs across parts of the area, with 48 reports of wind damage. This includes roof damage and several windows broken at a home in Pinopolis, SC.
July 11, 2013
Lifeguards at Beachwalker Park on Kiawah, SC reported a waterspout just off the coast. Later that night and in Allendale County, SC torrential rains washed a few vehicles off the road and flooded a home near Seigling.
July 11, 2014
A waterspout is sighted by lifeguards just offshore and to the northeast of the county park on the Isle of Palms.
July 12, 1879
The temperature for the day at Savannah ranged from a minimum of 86 degrees to a maximum of 105 degrees. The minimum temperature was the highest in recorded history, the maximum tied for the highest ever, while the average temperature of 95.5 degrees was its highest on record.
July 12, 1962
An F1 tornado caused heavy damage just outside the southwest part of Savannah. Barns were unroofed and there was considerable damage to rare trees at the USDA Plant where 2.49 inches of rain fell in 75 minutes.
July 12, 1986
Today is the last day of a stretch of 5 straight days where the temperature hit 100 degrees or greater in the Savannah area; it's longest streak on record.
July 12, 1996
Although Hurricane Bertha remained offshore, it still produced winds as high as 60 mph at Folly Beach, 59 mph at Buoy 41004, 58 mph in downtown Charleston and 45 mph at the Charleston airport. More Details
July 12, 2013
There were reports of 2 waterspouts just off the coast of Tybee Island in the late afternoon. Also, torrential rains occur in Allendale County, SC with a report of 6.2 inches measured in Allendale and caused a dam to break at Don Houck Pond which flooded roads nearby.
July 12, 2014
Multiple short-lived waterspouts were seen in St. Helena Sound.
July 13, 1980
Extremely hot weather across the area, with a temperature at Newington, Georgia of 110 degrees, 104 degrees in Savannah and 103 at Walterboro.
July 13, 2005
A waterspout was observed in the Broad River near Beaufort. There were also 2 brief F0 tornadoes that touched down near Pritchardsville and near Beaufort.
July 13, 2008
Long period swell reaching the beaches along with a persistent onshore flow, resulted in numerous rip currents at Tybee Island, resulting in at least 20 rescues.
July 13, 2010
Flash flooding occurs in parts of Dorchester County, with water up to 2 or 3 feet deep in several locations. Meanwhile, intense rains near Midway in Liberty County, Georgia produced over 3 inches of rain in an hour.
July 13, 2013
A variety of weather on this date. First a waterspout briefly moved onshore of Hunting Island as a tornado, before moving back over the water and dissipating in the mid morning. Later that day another waterspout was observed for about 5 minutes just off the Forest Beach area of Hilton Head Island. Also on that day and in the afternoon, the lifeguards on Isle of Palms reported a very strong rip current north of the pier at the county park. Two people got caught in the current and were rescued, before being taken to the hospital for water inhalation. If that wasn' enough, an earthen dam at the Herbert Jacobs Farm in extreme southern Screven County failed in the late evening. It washed away several large trees across Route 17 and closed roads in the area.
July 14, 1916
A hurricane makes landfall near the city of Charleston, dumping up to 16 inches of rain and producing significant flooding across the area.
July 14, 1921
Downtown Charleston receives its most amount of rain for one day in July, when 7.11 inches is recorded.
July 14, 1986
Today is the last day of a stretch of 7 straight days where the temperature hit 100 degrees or greater at the Charleston airport; it's longest streak on record.
July 14, 1993
Today is the last day of a stretch of 42 straight days where the temperature hit 90 degrees or greater at the Charleston airport; it's longest streak on record.
July 14, 2013
Four people got caught in a rip current at Hunting Island State Park. One was able to safely escape and made it back to shore, but the other 3 unfortunately drowned.
July 15, 1932
The temperature at Beaufort reaches 104 degrees, which ties it for the hottest in July.
July 15, 1978
Downtown Charleston receives 4.71 inches of rain on this date.
July 15, 1986
A severe thunderstorm produced winds of 63 mph at the Savannah airport, and uproots trees in Garden City.
July 15, 2002
A brief F0 tornado touches down in the city of Charleston, just west of Church Street in the area between South market Street and Cumberland Street. There were no reports of injuries, with just some damage to a storage building and a couple of signs bent.
July 15, 2014
A strong line of thunderstorms races east and causes a large swath of trees to come down from Hampton County to Berkeley County. Winds are estimated as high as 70 to 80 mph in some locations.
July 16, 2012
A waterspout developed between Parris Island and Hilton Head Island, with a second waterspout sighted near Tybee Island as reported by a pilot.
July 16, 2014
A short-lived waterspout was observed by the lifeguards off of Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island.
July 17, 2010
Six people are rescued at Tybee Island as a result of rip currents.
July 17, 2016
A small M1.1 earthquake occurs 5 miles south of Summerville, SC.
July 18, 1963
What was either a short-lived tornado or waterspout touches down along the eastern shore of Lake Moultrie near Bonneau Beach.
July 18, 2004
A weak tornadic waterspout is observed about 1 nm southeast of Fort Moultrie in the Charleston Harbor.
July 19, 1886
A category 1 hurricane weakens to a tropical storm as it moves northeast off the coast of northeast Florida, before passing off the coast of the southeast United States.
July 19, 1986
The Charleston airport reaches 104 degrees, which is its hottest July temperature in recorded history.
July 20, 1968
A brief F0 tornado touches down on Tybee Island.
July 20, 1986
The temperature at the Savannah airport reaches 105 degrees, which ties the hottest temperature in recorded history at that location. Meanwhile, at the Charleston airport the temperature reached 104 degrees on this date in 1986, it's second hottest on record.
July 20, 2005
A waterspout is sighted about 3 nm off the coast of Fripp Island, SC.
July 20, 2015
A M1.2 earthquake occurs near Summerville, SC.
July 21, 1969
A witness reported seeing a tornado touch down briefly three times in the uninhabited area of Butler island, near Darien, GA.
July 21, 1977
The temperature in downtown Charleston reaches 103 degrees, which ties the hottest temperature for July at that location.
July 21, 1986
Today marked the last day of 4 consecutive days with a temperature greater than 100 degrees at the airport in Charleston, its longest stretch in recorded history. Also, for the second time in less than a week there is a wind gust to 63 mph at the Savannah airport, which damages 3 aircrafts.
July 21, 2009
An active day for waterspouts, with sightings off the coasts of Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, Hilton Head Island and Tybee Island.
July 21, 2016
Multiple long lasting waterspouts are sighted off the coast of Hilton Head Island.
July 22, 1919
Downtown Charleston receives 5.44 inches of rain on this date.
July 22, 2001
Exceptionally high tides occur, resulting in significant coastal flooding and beach erosion across the area.
July 22, 2016
For the second day in a row there are multiple waterspouts off the coast of Hilton Head Island, as well as another sighted in Wassaw Sound, GA.
July 23, 1988
The Ogeechee River near Midville drops to its lowest level in recorded history, with a gauge reading of minus 2.30 feet.
July 23, 2000
Waterspouts are observed off the coasts of Isle of Palms and downtown Charleston, with one moving onshore as an F0 tornado on Isle of Palms and causing $200,000 damage.
July 24, 1952
The temperature in Walterboro reaches 106 degrees, the hottest in July for that location.
July 24, 2009
Large long periods swells in combination with astronomical influences from a recent new moon, resulted in numerous rip currents at Tybee Island. There are at least 60 rip currents that were observed and 8 rip current related rescues were necessary throughout the day.
July 24, 2010
One person was caught in a rip current at Isle of Palms, but was able to swim out safely.
July 25, 1966
A waterspout is sighted in St. Catherines Sound, GA.
July 25, 1983
Severe thunderstorms moved through parts of Charleston, Dorchester and Beaufort counties. Lightning hits several homes in Charleston, one person was injured by fallen powerlines in St. George and a boat was sunk in Beaufort.
July 25, 1986
An F1 tornado touches down 3 miles south of Sylvania near Greenhill, causing a mobile home to roll into a car and trapping one person inside, who was not injured.
July 25, 1988
The Ogeechee River near Eden drops to 1.88 feet, its third lowest level in recorded history.
July 26, 1916
The South Santee River near Jamestown reaches its highest level in recorded history at 33.00 feet.
July 26, 1940
Today marked the last day of 4 consecutive days with temperatures greater than 100 degrees at the airport in Savannah, its longest stretch in recorded history.
July 26, 1986
A waterspout moves onshore as an F1 tornado and damages several cars, damaged a convenience store and injured 3 people as it crosses US 17 at Main Road on John's Island.
July 26, 2010
Severe storms impacted parts of southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia, resulting in reports of wind damage, hail, flooding and lightning. Some of the lightning caused a fire at a home in Summerville SC, with 3 boys also struck and injured by lightning in Goose Creek, SC.
July 26, 2012
Excessive heat produces heat indices as high as 110 to 118 degrees over parts of southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia.
July 27, 1921
The Savannah airport receives 5.05 inches of rain on this date.
July 27, 1943
Because of a bet, Lieutenant Ralph O'Hair and Colonel Joe Duckworth were the first to fly into the eye of a hurricane and started regular Air Force flights into hurricanes.
July 27, 2012
Severe storms produced reports of trees down in several counties of southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia.
July 28, 1926
The Savannah airport receives 5.32 inches of rain on this date.
July 28, 2007
A waterspout Is sighted in the Wilmington River, near Thunderbolt in Georgia.
July 28, 2015
A waterspout is sighted about 2 miles offshore of the Tybee Island pier.
July 29, 1960
Tropical Storm Brenda moves through the Savannah area, and then skirts the South Carolina coast, resulting in heavy rains. More Details
July 29, 1986
A severe thunderstorm destroys 5 mobile homes and damages 3 others 12 miles southeast of Reidsville, GA. Six workers living in the mobile homes suffered minor injuries.
July 29, 2006
A storm spotter witnessed a car with people inside picked up in a rotating fashion 6 ft in the air and then dropped. While there was damage to the car, there were no injuries.
A waterspout is sighted in the late morning between Hilton Head Island and Tybee Island, with another waterspout sighted less than 90 minutes later off the north end of Tybee Island.
August 2, 2004
Tropical Depression Alex which remained nearly stationary about 125 miles east southeast of Savannah becomes a tropical storm and moves northeast. It produced minimal impacts across the local area. More Details
August 2, 2012
An outbreak of severe weather impacts parts of the hail with large hail and wind damage. There are 38 reports of severe weather, including baseball sized hail in SC near Walterboro and Givhans, golf ball sized hail near Pinopolis, SC and a tree down on a home near Garden City, GA
August 2, 2015
Waterspouts were sighted off Edisto Beach and also off Isle of Palms.
An F2 tornado touches down about 4 miles west of Hilltonia, in Screven County, GA. About twenty-five trees were snapped off and a 1000 poundcapacity grain bin, tied down with 2 1/4 foot steel stakes, was moved about 200 yards.
Significant long period swells reached the Georgia coast from distant tropical storm Colin. That along with persistent northeast winds and a Perigean spring tide further enhanced conditions for rip currents. The Tybee Island lifeguards and Tybee Island Fire Department reported numerous rip currents being observed along the beach, with 2 near-drownings and 24 additional rip current related rescues. Tybee Ocean Rescue Squad pulled both victims from the water and transported them to the Memorial Medical Center.
A waterspout is sighted in the Broad River near the St. Helena Sound, while a 3.2 earthquake occurs near Summerville.
August 8, 2010
Long period swells from distant tropical storm Colin, along with persistent northeast surface resulted in several rip currents at Tybee Island, where the lifeguards reported 12 rescues and 14 assists.
August 8, 2011
An outbreak of severe weather occurs in southeast GA with 30 reports of wind damage. This included wind damage to farm buildings, an aircraft hangar and a home near Stillwell.
August 9, 2010
Today marks the last of 3 straight days on Tybee Island where there were a total of approximately 52 rip currents. As a result of those rip currents, 39 people were rescued, of which 2 needed to be hospitalized.
August 9, 2011
For the second day in a row there is an outbreak of severe weather in parts of the area. There are 39 reports of wind damage, including trees on homes in the Metter and Reidsville areas.
August 9, 2015
An active morning for waterspouts, with 4 sightings off the coast of Tybee island.
August 10, 1778
A hurricane makes landfall near Georgetown, with several ships and crops in the Charleston area damaged.
August 10, 1781
A hurricane makes landfall near the border of South Carolina and Georgia.
August 10, 2010
Unusually high tides resulted in coastal flooding in parts of the Savannah area, in addition to closing the east bound lanes of Highway 80 near the Bull River.
August 11, 1940
A Cat 2 hurricane makes landfall near Beaufort, SC. It resulted in almost 8 inches of rain in the Charleston area, flooding in downtown Beaufort with water as deep as 2-3 feet, and produced a tide level of at 10.95 feet Mean Lower Low Water in Charleston and 10.65 feet Mean Lower Low Water at Ft. Pulaski.
August 11, 1996
The Charleston Pilot Boat reports a waterspout around 10 miles offshore of Charleston that lasts about 10 minutes before dissipating.
August 11, 2004
The river gage at Rocky Ford on the Ogeechee fell to 2.34 feet, the lowest in recorded history.
August 12, 1999
The Savannah airport hits 100 degrees, while Newington, GA reaches 102.
August 12, 2004
The remnants of Tropical Storm Bonnie caused an F1 tornado and several incidents of straight line wind damage. The tornado moved through the Wild Dunes section of Isle of Palms causing widespread damage. An estimated 250 trees were blown down, several of which fell on cars. Also, windows were blown out of the cars. About 25 homes received minor roof and siding damage and a half dozen homes received moderate damage. An estimated 300 pound swing set was thrown about 15 feet. No injuries were reported.
August 13, 1728
A hurricane hits near Charleston (or as it was known at the time, Charles Town), causing considerable damage to homes, buildings and shipping.
August 13, 2008
As much as 5 to 6 inches of rain fell in Mt. Pleasant, Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island in South Carolina. More Details
August 14, 1925
The temperature reached 102 in both the Savannah area and in downtown Charleston.
August 14, 1995
The Charleston airport hits 102 degrees.
August 14, 2004
Hurricane Charley makes landfall as a Cat 1 near Cape Romaine, producing winds as high as 74 mph at Buoy 41004, 63 mph at Isle of Palms and 58 mph at Folly Beach. There was also a weak F0 tornado that touched down twice in parts of the Francis Marion National Forest in an area between Shulerville and South Santee.
August 15, 2010
A waterspout is sighted off the coast of Hilton Head island.
August 16, 1879
Severe thunderstorms, possibly accompanied by tornadoes swept through Walterboro, SC, destroying over 100 dwellings and all churches. Many were left homeless as a result, with reports of at least 15 people killed.
August 16, 1920
Today marks the anniversary of the death of Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer, and English astronomer who discovered and named the element helium that he found in the atmosphere of the Sun. He also coined the name chromosphere, which describes the outermost layer of the Sun.
August 16, 1954
The temperature in Walterboro reaches 102 degrees, with 100 degrees in the Savannah area.
August 16, 1980
Today is the last day of a stretch of 18 straight days where the temperature hit 90 degrees or greater in downtown Charleston; it's longest streak on record.
August 16, 2013
A waterspout was sighted just off the coast of Tybee Island, GA.
August 17, 1954
The mercury climbs to 102 degrees at the Charleston airport.
August 17, 1955
Hurricane Diane in the Atlantic, that makes landfall near Wilmington, NC two days later, produces significant salt water flooding in and around Charleston.More Details
August 17, 2002
The Edisto River near Givhans Ferry drops to 0.40 feet, its lowest in recorded history.
August 17, 2004
A waterspout is sighted off Port Royal Sound.
August 17, 2015
An active morning for waterspouts, with sightings near Harbor Island/Edisto Island area, near Hunting Island and an additional 2 near St. Helena Sound.
August 18, 1935
Downtown Charleston receives 6.08 inches of rain.
August 18, 1940
The Savannah River near Burtons Ferry rises to 27.0 feet, the second highest since record keeping began.
August 18, 2007
An active day for rip currents, with over 20 reports of rip currents at area beaches.
August 18, 2011
A waterspout is sighted about 5 miles off the coast of Isle of Palms, SC.
August 19, 1871
Rain dumps on the Savannah area, with 8.12 inches recorded.
August 19, 1981
Tropical Storm Dennis produces 5 to 6 inches of rain in the Charleston area. More Details
The second of 3 tropical cyclones to affect the area that year occurs when the so-called Great Sea Islands Hurricane strikes just south of Savannah as a Cat 3 hurricane. The system caused a surge of greater than 16 feet with over $10 million damage. More Details
August 27, 2011
The lifeguards on Tybee island reported at least 15 rip current related rescues throughout the day.
August 27, 2015
A waterspout is sighted just off the coast of Sullivan's Island, SC.
August 28, 1988
Tropical Storm Chris makes landfall near Savannah. Rainfall was generally around 1 to 3 inches across our SC counties and an inch or less in GA. More Details
August 28, 2012
Torrential rains impacted the Charleston metro area, with as much as 7.50 inches on Daniel Island and at West Ashley. More Details
August 28, 2005
The central pressure of Hurricane Katrina drops to 902 millibars or 26.64 inches. This makes it the fifth lowest pressure recorded in an Atlantic Basin hurricane. She makes landfall on August 29 as the third most intense landfalling hurricane in US history with a central pressure of 920 millibars or 27.27 inches. More Details
August 29, 1910
Rainfall reaches 8.38 inches in the Savannah area on this date.
August 29, 1964
Tropical Storm Cleo moves ashore on Sapelo Island, causing an F2 tornado near the present day Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park injuring two, and an F1 tornado in the Francis Marion National Forest. There was extensive flooding in some areas, with as much as 8.68 inches of rain in Vernon View, GA in Chatham County.
August 29, 1986
Cool and wet weather affects the SC Low Country and GA Coastal empire, with highs only in the middle 60s and lows in the middle and upper 50s.The resulting average daily temperatures of 60.5 degrees at the Charleston airport, 61.5 degrees in the Savannah area and 62.5 degrees in downtown Charleston will make this the coolest day for all three locations during recorded history in the month of August.
August 29, 1990
An F1 tornado touches down near Bonneau Road in Berkeley County, between Bonneau and Moncks Corner.
August 29, 2004
Hurricane Gaston makes landfall near Bulls Bay, SC and produces major flooding in parts of Charleston and Berkeley County where 12-15 inches of rain were recorded. Total damage estimates included about 7.6 million dollars in Charleston County and 9 million dollars in Berkeley County.
August 29, 2005
An F0 tornado briefly touched down in a corn field near the intersection of Highways 129 and 169 north of Bellville in Evans County, GA. No significant damage occurred.
August 29, 2015
The lifeguards on Tybee Island report numerous rip currents through the afternoon, some as large as 30 yards wide and extending 80 yards offshore.
August 30, 1986
The temperature at the Savannah airport reaches only 65 degrees, while at Beaufort the temperature only hits 64 degrees. For both locations this will be the lowest maximum temperature on record during the month of August.
August 30, 2014
An airplane pilot reports a few waterspouts over the Atlantic waters about 20 miles southeast of Savannah.
August 31, 1886
A devastating 7.3 earthquake occurs with an epicenter near Charleston and Summerville. This is the most damaging earthquake to occur in the southeast states and one of the largest historic shocks in eastern North America. More Details
August 31, 2011
The three month period of June, July and August of this year is the warmest on record at the Charleston airport and in the Savannah area. The mean temperature In Charleston is 83.4 degrees, while at Savannah their mean temperature is 84.0 degrees. More Details
August 31, 2015
A near epic type of flooding rain event occurred in parts of the area mainly near and east of I-95. There was as much as 4-8 inches of rain in parts of the Charleston metro, over sections of eastern Jasper County and along and near the Edisto River in the Canadys, SC region. Dozens of homes and businesses were flooded in portions of the North Charleston and West Ahsley areas; numerous roads were flooded and closed; many people were displaced and moved to Red Cross shelters; a portion of an embankment collapsed near I-526 in North Charleston. To complicate the situation, tides were running high due to the recent Perigean Spring Tides and there were also some low topped suppercells that caused wind damage in parts of Colleton and Dorchester counties, with a thunderstorm wind of 44 mph recorded at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. If that wasn't enough, some of the heaviest rains occurred during a Monday morning rush hour, causing delays by up to 2 or 3 hours. More Details
August 31, 2016
The month ends with the warmest August on record at the Charleston International Airport. An average monthly temperature of 83.8 degrees was 2.9 degrees above the normal August average of 80.9 degrees.
Tropical Storm Hermine moves northeast through southeast GA and southeast SC, producing strong winds, heavy rain and 2 EF-1 tornadoes in GA. One tornado touched down on Skidaway Island and the second touched down near Southeast Newport in Liberty County. More Details
September 3, 1998
A waterspout moved onshore over Hunting Island State Park as an F2 tornado, and then moves over the east part of St. Helena Island, before crossing St. Helena Sound and moving back onshore of Colleton County as an F1 tornado near Otter Island and Hutchinson Island. Later that day an F1 tornado hitsto the southeast of Green Pond, SC and a fourth tornado, an F2 strikes near Moncks Corner. Several people were injured and there was unfortunately one fatality. There is also an F2 tornado that injures 7 people in Screven County, GA near Sylvania. Dozens of mobile homes were damaged or destroyed. The tornadoes were spawned by Tropical Storm Earl as he moved through Georgia from the Gulf of Mexico.
September 4, 1925
The site at Savannah hits 102 degrees, its hottest temperature for any year in September.
September 4, 1944
Downtown Charleston reaches 100 degrees on this date.
September 4, 1956
An F1 tornado briefly touches down in Bulloch County, GA just north of Stilson.
September 4, 1979
Hurricane David makes landfall near the GA/SC border as a Cat 2 hurricane. It produced 5 tornadoes, 6-8 inches of rain, heavy beach erosion and $10 million damage. More Details
A small cluster of thunderstorms intensified near Lobeco and Dale in Beaufort County, SC during the afternoon, before rapidly collapsing near the Whale Branch River. The downburst high winds uprooted and snapped 10 large water oak trees and 2 mobile homes sustained minor damage. The level and extent of the damage was consistent with straight line winds of 60 to 70 mph.
The "Captain Smoke" ship sank 45 miles east of Charleston, liekly caused by two rogue waves that smashed it to bits, leaving it's three fishermen in a life raft. They were later rescued by the US Coast Guard.
September 6, 2014
A waterspout was sighted from the Isle of Palms Connector and estimated to be near Capers Inlet.
Hurricane Donna passed northeast in the Atlantic off the coast of GA and SC, producing an F3 tornado that traveled westward for almost 9 miles from the vicinity of the Ben Sawyer Bridge near Sullivan's Island to the St. Andrews Shopping Center near Charles Towne Landing State Park. There was extensive damage and several were injured by flying debris and shattered glass.
The so-called Rising Sun Hurricane makes landfall near Charleston (or as it was called at the time Charles Town), produced severe storm surge flooding and caused damage to several ships, including the 800-ton Scottish ship, the Rising Sun.
September 15, 1752
The so-called Great Hurricane makes landfall just south of Charles Town (later known as Charleston), producing severe storm surge, much property and crop damage and at least 95 deaths. It is likely the worst storm to ever hit Charleston.
September 15, 2013
A waterspout is sighted a couple of miles off the coast of Hunting Island, SC.
September 16 and 17, 1713
The so-called Great Storm Hurricane made landfall north of Charleston (Charles Town), causing significant property damage and at least 70 deaths.
September 16, 1924
The Savannah area receives its all-time greatest one day rainfall, when 9.02 inches is recorded.
September 16, 2004
An F1 tornado is on the ground for 6 miles from near the Plantation Airpark in Screven County and dissipates on the outskirts of Sylvania, GA. A second F1 on the ground for 7 miles brushes by Hilltonia as it tracks northeast through Screven County.
September 17, 1906
A Cat 1 hurricane hits near Charleston.
September 17, 1945
A hurricane weakens to a tropical storm along the coast near the South Carolina and Georgia border.
September 17, 2001
Abnormally high tides impact parts of southern SC and southeast GA coastal areas, resulting in coastal flooding and areas of beach erosion.
September 18, 1928
A Cat 1 hurricane hits along the coast near the South Carolina and Georgia border, producing as much as 6 to 7 inches of rain from Charleston to Savannah.
September 18, 1989
The South Santee River near Jamestown falls to 1.83 feet, its second lowest level in recorded history.
September 18, 2009
Three waterspouts are observed off the coast of Fripp Island, SC.
September 19, 1787
A tropical storm produces damage from Beaufort to Georgetown, SC.
September 19, 1966
Three different tornadoes inpact Charleston and Dorchester counties, including an F1 in downtown Charleston and another F1 in the Old Village section of Mt. Pleasant. The last tornado was an F0 that touches down in a swampy area of southern Dorchester County.
September 19, 2013
A 2.5 eathquake occurred around 314 PM EDT about 4 miles west-southwest of Summervillle, SC.
September 19, 2014
A waterspout was sighted near the south end of St. Catherine's Island, GA.
September 20, 1979
The airport in Charleston receives 5.18 inches on this date.
September 20, 1989
Tropical Storm Iris gets too close to Hurricane Hugo and begins to weaken, while Hugo continues to gain strength.
September 21, 1760
Today marks the death of John Lining, a Scottish immigrant who lived in Charles Town. Many people in Charles Town adopted his idea with Ben Franklin about using lightning rods as protection on their homes.
September 21, 1989
Hurricane Hugo makes landfall in Charleston, SC around midnight of the 21st into the 22nd as a Cat 4 hurricane. This is the first major hurricane to make landfall in SC since Gracie in 1959. It produced the greatest storm surge and highest storm tides of 15 to 20 feet above Mean Sea Level near Cape Romain, with around 10-12 feet near Charleston Harbor. Highest winds occurred in northern Charleston County where Category 4 conditions were experienced. 78 MPH winds with gusts to 98 MPH were measured at the Charleston Airport, with downtown Charleston recording a wind gust of 108 MPH. The Coast Guard Cutter "Rambler" in the Cooper River reported a 138 MPH gust.More Details
There are two tornadoes that impacted Allendale County in association with the remnants of Tropical Storm Helene as she moved across Georgia and South Carolina. Both an F2 and F1 tornado occurs near Martin, causing one death, six injuries and $300,000 damage. There is also an F0 tornado that briefly touches down near Perkins in Jenkins County, GA. Earlier in the day heavy rains caused flooding over the northern half of Berkeley County, especially in and around Moncks Corner.
September 23, 1975
An F2 tornado injures 8 and causes a 2 mile path of damage in Savannah.
For the 98th and last time during the year, the temperature at the Charleston airport reaches at least 90 degrees. This is greatest number of days with a temperature of 90 degrees or higher at that location since records began in 1938.
September 25, 1956
An F0 tornado briefly touches down on Hilton Head Island not far from the present day golf course at Palmetto Dunes. Meanwhile, an F1 tornado briefly touches down in the southeast part of Candler County, GA near the Canoochee River.
An EF-2 tornado that tracks almost 7 miles through Charleston County, impacting areas of Johns Island from about 1242 am to 1259 am, travelling from near Cane Slash Road until dissipating near Highway 17 between Main Road and Bees Ferry Road. As many as 70 to 80 homes were damaged, but fortunately no one was hurt.More Details
September 25, 2016
A small M1.9 earthquake occurs on Pine Island, just to the southwest of Edisto Island, SC.
Chatham County Emergency Management reported that rip currents in the waters off of Tybee Island caused 3 fatalities and 2 injuries in a group of people during a religious celebration. First responders on the scene pulled 5 people out of the water and rushed 4 of them to Memorial University Medical Center. Two of those pulled from the water were pronounced dead at the hospital and crews searched area waters for a third person for 2 days following the event. This person was never found and was presumed deceased.
A funnel cloud briefly touches down as an F0 tornado near Trident Tech College off of Rivers Avenue in North Charleston, then takes down the tops of several other trees outside of Hanahan in Berkeley County before dissipating.
After almost 5 days of continuous rains the historic flooding event that impacted the Carolinas comes to an end. A stalled front offshore combined with deep tropical moisture streaming northwest into the area ahead of a strong upper level low pressure system to the west and Hurricane Joaquin well to the east. This led to historic rainfall with widespread amounts of 15-20 inches and localized amounts over 25 inches, mainly in the Charleston tri-county area. Flash flooding was prevalant and led to significant damage to numerous properties and roads and many people having to be rescued by emergency personnel. In addition, tides were high due to the recent perigean spring tide and persistent onshore winds, excacerbating the flooding along the coast, especially in downtown Charleston. More Details
Although likely the same tornado, there are reports of three F1 tornadoes impacting parts of the Lowcountry during the overnight hours, including a waterspout that moves onshore of Hilton Head Island, a second that moves through Beaufort and a third to the south of Round O in Colleton County. Witnesses report that the tornado sounded like "jet planes" and generated considerable damage. Incredibly no one was killed or even injured.
Hurricane Matthew moved north off the Florida east coast as a major hurricane before weakening to a Category 2 hurricane off the Georgia coast and then eventually making landfall around Cape Romain, SC as a Category 1 hurricane during the late morning hours. The storm brought significant inundation from storm surge along and near the coast, rainfall-induced freshwater flooding, river flooding and hurricane-force wind gusts to portions of southeast GA and southeast SC. More Details
NOAA’s first Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Known as GOES-A when it launched, the satellite was designated GOES-1 once operational. More Details
An F2 tornado touches down on the northeast side of Springfield, GA. It damages 50 to 60 buildings and homes, but thankfully there were no injuries.
October 27, 2009
An EF0 tornado causes minor damage to homes north of Donald in northern Long County. There is also an EF2 that moves through part of Fort Stewart, causing extensive damage to trees, but thankfully no deaths or injuries.
October 27, 2014
The temperature at the Savannah airport reached 90 degrees, making it the latest calendar day on record that the temperature reached 90 degrees.
October 28, 1916
Today marks the death of Cleveland Abbe, an American meteorologist, inventor and astronomer, who as America's first professional meteorologist is considered the "Father of the U.S. Weather Bureau" (which later became the National Weather Service).
A Cat 2 hurricane makes landfall near Myrtle Beach, SC resulting in 58 mph winds in Charleston.
October 31, 1994
The Savannah area has its wettest October on record with 19.84 inches of rain for the month.
October 31, 2000
The month ends with just a trace of rain at both the Savannah and Charleston airports, the driest month in recorded history for both sites.
October 31, 2015
The month ends as the wettest October on record for both the Charleston airport and downtown Charleston. During the month Charleston airport received an incrdible 18.91 inches of rain, while downtown Charleston wasn't too far behind at 17.49 inches. By way of comparison, the Savannah airport only received 1.78 inches for the month.
At 7:35 a.m. on November 1, 1870, the first systematized and synchronous meteorological reports were taken by observer-sergeants at 24 stations in the Division of Telegrams and Reports for the Benefit of Commerce. These observations, which were transmitted by telegraph to the central office in Washington, D.C., commenced the beginning of the new division of the Signal Service. More Details
An F1 tornado touches down in the northeast part of Hamtpton, then again about 5 miles to the northeast near Crocketville, SC. The tornado damages a warehouse roof and car lot in Hampton and destroys 2 sheds in Crocketville.
Today is the last day in a stretch of 41 days in a row of no measurable rainfall at the Savannah airport, which ties it with a dry period ending November 25, 2016 for the longest number of consecutive days withou measurable rainfall at thatlocation.
An F1 tornado developed over Oliver, GA and destroys a mobile home> the untethered mobile home was lifted off its foundation and carried about 35 feet. The floor to the home was lifted about 500 feet away, and there were only minor injuries to 5 people in the home.
Dr. T. Theodore Fujiti passes away on this date at age 78. He was a meteorologist who created the Fujita Scale, or F-Scale, a system of classifying tornado intensity based on damage to structures and vegetation. He also discovered macrobursts and microbursts, weather phenomena that are associated with severe thunderstorms and are hazards to aviation. He also pioneered techniques for analyzing small to midsize weather conditions, laying the foundation for the âï¿½ï¿½mesoscale analysesâï¿½ï¿½ now carried out in weather stations all over the world. He introduced the basic concepts of thunderstorm architecture, including terms such as wall cloud and tail cloud that are in widespread use today. More Details
November 19, 2008
It was a cold start to the day in many areas, with temperatures as low as 21 degrees in Sylvania, Georgia, and 23 degrees at Round O and Harleyville in South Carolina. These cold temperatures were some 20 to 25 degrees below seasonal norms.
November 19, 2016
The GOES-R satellite is launched from Cape Canaveral. The satellite provides continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of the western Hemisphere, total lightning data and space weather monitoring. Images will be provided for severe storms as frequently as every 30 seconds, contributing to more accurate and reliable weather forecasts and severe weather outlooks. More Details
Today is the last day in a stretch of 41 days in a row of no measurable rainfall at the Savannah airport, which ties it with a dry period ending November 4, 2000 for the longest number of consecutive days withou measurable rainfall at that location.
A small F0 tornado briefly touches down in Luray of Hampton County, destroying several farm buildings and also killing farm animals. There is also an F1 tornado that damages houses and warehouses in the Denmark and Brooklet areas of Bulloch County, GA.
But just 8 years later we get the wettest November on record at both the Charleston Airport and in downtown Charleston. This follows the wettest October on record just 4 weeks ago. Rainfall amounts totalled 8.30 inches at the Charleston Airport and 7.17 inches in downtown Charleston.
The month ends with 7 days of 80 degrees or higher at the Charleston airport, a record for the month of December.
December 31, 2015
The year ends as the wettest on record in the Charleston area, with the airport in North Charleston recording a whopping 74.89" during the year. Also, the month ends as the warmest December on record for the Charleston airport, the Savannah airport and downtown Charleston. The average temperature was 63.5 degrees at the Charleston airport, 64.2 degrees at the Savannah airport and 63.4 degrees in downtown Charleston. In addition, the month ends with the record number of days of 70 degrees of greater at Savannah (24 days), Charleston (22 days)and downtown Charleston (20 days). Finally, there were 7 days of 80 degrees of greater at the Savannah airport, it's greatest number of 80 plus days on record for December.