Depending on the storm's intensity The main cause of this is the strength and geographic placement of Bermuda 2, South Carolina Tornado Statistics, 1912-1989. Greenwood on the 24th-26th, 7.06 inches in 60 hours, at Bureau of the Census, Washington D.C., 1993. worth of damage to South Carolina beach front properties. Monthly Climatic Data for South Carolina - 1971-2000 (pdf), South Carolina Maximum and Minimum Temperature Extremes, South Carolina Freeze/Frost Occurrence Dates (pdf), Table of South Carolina Monthly and Annual Precipitation Extremes 1890-2018, Table of South Carolina Maximum 24-Hour Precipitation 1890-2018. Murphy. This interactive map, which contains data from January 1950 to June 30, 2020, pinpoints where a cyclone touched … Lastly, the The heavy rains caused record flooding of the Waccamaw River. Periods Winds reached 106 mph and tides greater than 16 feet at Myrtle Beach. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Water Resources Division (Formerly South Carolina Water Resources Commission), Columbia, South Carolina, 1983. but the prevailing directions by season are: Average surface wind speeds for all months range between 6 and 10 miles per hour. Tornado frequency is at a minimum in October and January. Along the way, the tornado … The greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period was the 25th-26th, at Catawba on the 23rd-26th, This dramatic increase is primarily attributable to the implementation of the National Weather Service's advanced NEXRAD Doppler radar system which is able to pinpoint tornadic vortex signatures State-wide, unlike previous NWS radar systems. April 30, 1924: The highest tornado death toll in South Carolina's history occurred on this date when two tornadoes struck. Sidlow, Scott F., W. Tyler. Thirty tornadoes were reported in that day in the state leading to 24 deaths and around 300 injuries. The average tornado track is three to four miles long and 110 yards wide. west in autumn. March 28, 1984: The second highest loss of life from tornadoes occurred when 11 tornadoes touched down along a narrow band that extended from Anderson County through Marlboro County. Precipitation is ample and distributed with two maxima and two minima throughout the year Important note: Each path represents the approximate center of the damage path. This storm struck near Savannah, Georgia causing extensive flooding along the lower South Carolina coast. These observations may be expressed in the number of inches of water per dry day, per month, or per year, from an evaporation pan. This circulation fosters northeast winds as University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 1981. The tornadoes were spawned as a result of a cyclone traveling up the coast. This record setting tornado outbreak injured 13 and inflicted $2.77 million in total state-wide damages. September 29, 1938: Five tornadoes struck Charleston and the surrounding areas on the morning of September 29, 1938, killing 32 and injuring 150 people. The National Most People Don’t Know About South Carolina’s Deadly Tornado Alley. Destructive EF-4 tornadoes have touched down in South Carolina with wind speed of 166-200 miles per hour. The 47 tornadoes caused widespread damage in the Low Country, Midlands and Pee Dee. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tornadoes in South Carolina. Collins, D.L. Pan evaporation measurements are available for selected sites across the state. The heaviest damage in South Carolina was from Pawleys Island northward. the Appalachian Mountains, and elevation. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, District of Columbia, 1984. Research Paper #040192, Southeast Regional Climate Center, Columbia, South Carolina, 1992. These tropical tornadoes can significantly add to the annual tornado average Figure 10 . Storm Data, October 1990, 32:10. Characterization of Ozone Climatology in the Southeastern United States and Climate Change. Climate Report G-18: Hurricane Risk Hilton Head, South Carolina. Gamewell and D.D. Map 2 depicts the average annual mountains cause a leeside rain shadow, an area of decreased, precipitation In South Carolina, we’re so focused on hurricanes and the devastating effects of rising waters during times of flood, that we may not realize that tornado activity is on the rise in the Palmetto State. This interactive map, which contains data from January 1950 to October 31, 2020, pinpoints where a cyclone touched down and traces its path of … 7-15. This maxima is a result of the sea-breeze front thunderstorms prevalent during summer. (Note: if you cannot see the full pop-up window, just click/drag the map to center the pop-up.) the fifteen stations that recorded thunderstorms reported their occurrence. Typically, it occurs during the late afternoon and early evening between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (Knupp, 1992). The adverse impacts on the people and economy were made especially clear during the drought of 1998-2002 that impacted agriculture, forestry, tourism, power generation, public water supplies, and fresh water fisheries. Climate Report G-37: Hurricane Hugo 1989. The paths are not intended to show the full extent of the damage area. Source: Tornado Data collected and reviewed by the Storm Prediction Center. in the Lowcountry, and caused an estimated $22 million worth of total damage Tornado Archive A history of twisters: Tornadoes in Texas since 1950. McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, New York, 1980. leeward of the mountains to experience slightly higher temperatures than the One tornado remained on the ground from Anderson County to York County; the other, which as been named "The Horrell Hill Tornado", was the more destructive of the two. Smith, I. Turner, W. Tyler. April 30, 1924: The highest tornado death toll in South Carolina's history occurred on this date when two tornadoes struck. South Carolina ranks twenty-sixth in the United States in the number of tornado strikes, and eighteenth in the number of tornadoes per square mile. Also, 43 tornadoes touched down on September 7, setting a new one day record. to northwest in winter and spring, south to southwest in summer, and southwest to The Bermuda High also contributes to air stagnation, especially during the summer. Across the Foothills, average annual precipitation ranges from 60 to more than 70 inches. In 1990, the remnants of Hurricane The Horrell Hill Tornado, April 30, 1924. Harrigan, M.K. Intense coastal storms normally occur during the fall through early spring. During These tornadoes are particularly more dangerous because most people are likely asleep and not able to hear television or radio warnings; and, even if awake, you would not be able to see the tornadoes in the darkness. 6.52 inches in 62 hours, at Clemson College on the 25th, 2.81 inches records being available for comparison since 1840. United States Department of Commerce. Trewartha, Glenn T. The Earth's Problem Climates, Second Edition. from the center of the cyclone. from Textile Town:Spartanburg County South Carolina, Hub City Writers Project, 2002. pp. 12 in the Midlands. During spring, tornadoes result from active cold fronts and pre-frontal squall lines. were left homeless and 26 people were killed. As a result of the occurrence of downslope winds, which warm the air by compression, cause the areas August 27, 1893 Hurricane: This unnamed storm was the most deadly hurricane in South Carolina's history. 1761 Charleston, South Carolina tornado: May 4, 1761: Charleston, South Carolina >2: 8 fatalities: Earliest recorded U.S. tornado with multiple fatalities. month averages less than two inches of precipitation anywhere in South evaporation measurements decrease with annual values of less than 40 inches in the higher elevations of the Upstate. The cold weather that accompanied this List, Robert J. Smithsonian Meteorological Tables, Sixth Revised Edition. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Water Resources Division (Formerly South Carolina Water Resources Commission), Columbia, South Carolina, 1990. This interactive map, which contains data from January 1950 to September 30, 2020, pinpoints where a cyclone touched down and traces its path of destruction. from the northwest, thus making the winters somewhat milder. Pages in category "Tornadoes in South Carolina" The following 30 pages are in this category, out of 30 total. northeast. South Carolina Freeze/Frost Occurrence Dates (pdf)(Spring Latest, Fall Earliest, Probabilities, Number of Days). Out of the five tornadoes, the second and third were the most destructive striking the city directly and leaving a parallel path of destruction over 2 miles long. coastal impacts from tropical cyclones are storm surge, winds, precipitation, Resident Julie Bercik and a friend, Hilary Benjamin, look over Bercik's home after a tornado … There is no record or evidence of an EF-5 tornado, the strongest and most devastating on the EF scale, ever touching down in South Carolina. First, they tend to block many of the cold air masses arriving According to records, the largest tornado in the Columbia area was an … Tropical cyclones affect the South Carolina coast on an infrequent basis, but Counties in a high risk tornado area include Bamberg County, SC, Saluda County, SC and Richland County, SC.The largest tornado on record occurred on 04/08/1957, measuring a 4 on the Fujita-Pearson scale. Many late season tornadoes are triggered by decaying tropical storms that make landfall in or near South Carolina. of control can be effected on the large rivers which have dams. Passing over the Gulf Stream, it brings warm, Research Report #101591, Southeast Regional Climate Center, Columbia, South Carolina, 1991. Droughts are sometimes alleviated by a tropical cyclone. There is, however, a second area of more than 60 inches that extends across the Midlands. mid-70's in the Lowcountry. * ... historical tornado archive. The maxima occur during March and July; the of insufficient rainfall for crop growth occur during some summers. other objects, can cause hazardous driving conditions, breakage of various Coffey, James R. South Carolina Crop-Hail Risk Patterns: A Geographic Analysis. Property loss was estimated to be at least $2,000,000 and it is considered the greatest loss of life and property from tornadoes in that area since the 1886 earthquake. of the Midlands. A history of twisters: Tornadoes in Maryland since 1950 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been tracking tornadoes for decades. Hence, the proximity of the mountains to the state results During November and December, it is not uncommon to have active cold fronts and tornadic activity. Unpublished Master's Thesis, University of South Carolina, Department of Geography, Columbia, South Carolina, 1988. St. Michael's Church, City Hall, St. Phillip's Church and the Old City Market are some of the historic structures that were damaged during this event. Important note: These paths represent the approximate center of the damage path. and proximity to the coast, tropical systems can be disastrous. 43 tornadoes touched down on September 7, setting a new one day record. Turner, Ian, J.C. Purvis, W. Tyler, S.F. The winds in stagnant air are South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Water Resources Division (Formerly South Carolina Water Resources Commission), Columbia, South Carolina, 1990. Landers, H. The Climate of South Carolina, in Climates of the States, Volume 1, Water Information Center, Inc., Port Washington, New York, 1974. or equal to 0.1 inch varies from 95 in the Upstate to less than 70 in a portion Storm Data, March 1993, 35:3. One tornado remained on the ground from Anderson County to York County; the other, which as been named "The Horrell Hill Tornado", was the more destructive of the two. the 24th-26th, Anderson had 14.31 inches in 34 hours, at month occurs in January with more than 1.5 events per year in the Charlotte The National Weather Service, using the F0-F5 Fujita scale, identified 26 F0s, 17 F1s, 3 F2s and 1 F3 during the 2-day period. Purvis, John C.,S.F. Its path was 135 miles from Aiken County to Florence County. six inches of snow on the ground for several days following. Hurricanes are the most intense warm season coastal storms These tornadoes also caused several other storm related fatalities. County, when a toddler drowned in a rain-swollen creek. The majority of South Carolina's tornadoes are short-lived EF-0 and EF-1 tornadoes (Figure 3), the lowest tornado strengths on the Enhanced Fujita scale. Research Report No. in three ways. year occurred in the Central Savannah River area. Klaus and Tropical Storm Marco ended an extreme drought. The National Weather Service, using the F0-F5 Fujita scale, identified 26 F0s, 17 F1s, 3 F2s and 1 F3 during the 2-day period. Surface winds were recorded at 138 miles per hour, with gusts of 160+ miles per hour. Purvis, John C.,W. Average annual precipitation is heaviest in northwestern South Carolina, and annual The more violent storms generally accompany squall lines and active cold fronts of late-winter or spring. 1961-1990 Normal Temperature and Precipitation. 77-81. There were no deaths, at least 40 injuries, and over $50 million in damage. Periods of dry weather have occurred in each decade since 1818 (National Water Summary 1988-1989 Hydrologic If you are interested in reading about the “worst” tornadoes that have struck South Carolina (and all other states), see this page on our site . A certain amount Three foot flood waters were reported in the vicinity of Murrell's Inlet. Jacobson, and D.J. June 1903: The highest number of people killed by floodwaters in South An outbreak of 22 confirmed tornadoes occurred when the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl merged with a cold front. in 48 hours. pan evaporation. deKozlowski, T.W. The state has high interannual and seasonal variabilities of precipitation. United States Department of War. The widest track was caused by an EF-4 tornado that created a damage swath 2600 yards wide and five miles long through Marlboro County in 1984. South Carolina State Water Assessment, Report No. Sidlow, D.J. Tropical tornadoes tend to be weak, and short-lived; however, Tropical Storm Francis did produce three EF-2 tornadoes and a damaging EF-3 tornado during the record outbreak in September 2004. From 1994 to 2019 the annual average was 25 tornadoes per year. Winds reached 140 mph and tides reached 8 ft. Damage was estimated at $20 million (1959 dollars), and seven lives were lost. This flood 1981-2010 South Carolina Climate Normals* Contour Maps: Several factors control the climate. On April 30, the highest tornado death toll in South Carolina's history occurred on this date when two tornadoes struck. of circulation over New England. Stronger more destructive tornadoes are rare, but do occur with a consistent annual frequency of 2-4 per year (Figure 4). Click on the background map to view historical stats within a county. Wintry precipitation (snow, sleet, and freezing rain) also affect South Carolina. A history of twisters: Tornadoes in North Carolina 1950 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been tracking tornadoes for decades. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been tracking tornadoes for decades. Flooding occurs on several streams in the state each year. on the 23rd-26th, 11.19 inches in 58 hours, at Pelzer on September 16, 1999: The remnants of Hurricane Floyd dumped up 15"-20" of rain along the coast triggering wide spread flooding along the South Carolina Coast. area and Chesterfield County, to less than 0.25 events per year in the Lowcountry Click a tornado icon to see information about an event. Midlands. The paths of both were unusually long; each over 100 miles long. experience riverine flooding any month of the year. Reporting locations recorded two to four times the normal amount of There is no wet or dry season; only During summer and Shaw, G.E. Historically, droughts have had severe adverse impacts on the people and economy of South Carolina. Purvis, John C. Climate Report G-2: South Carolina Tornado Statistics: 1950-82. The evaporation pan is accurately leveled at a site which is nearly flat, well-sodded, and free from obstructions. Carolina occurred on the Pacolet River, a tributary of the Broad South Carolina ranks 23rd in the United States for annual tornado frequency during the period 2000-2019 . There were no deaths, at least 40 injuries, and over $50 million in damage. surrounding areas. breezes during the summer and warms the immediate coast during the winter. Southeast Regional Climate Center, Columbia, South Carolina, 1990. River, when 60 to 80 people drowned in a flash flood. minima occur during May and November. Strong thunderstorms usually bring high winds, hail, considerable lightning, and rarely spawn a tornado. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Water Resources Division (Formerly South Carolina Water Resources Commission), Columbia, South Carolina, 1990. Davis, Robert E. and D.A. Upper air winds (more than 1500 meters above mean sea level) are usually southwest (winds under 34 knots). U.S. tornadoes 1950-2017. The annual number of days of precipitation greater than United States Department of Commerce. April 30, 1924: The highest tornado death toll in South Carolina's history occurred on this date when two tornadoes struck. As the air comes inland, it rises and forms From Spartanburg Almanac compiled by Wofford College Professors J.A. varies with elevation, with amounts of more than 24 in the Upstate to less than Its path was 135 miles from Aiken County to Florence County. The tornadoes damaged homes and buildings in a very narrow band running north from Bamberg County through Lancaster and York Counties. These tornadoes also caused several other storm related fatalities. TornadoHistoryProject.com - Over 60,000 tornado maps. a more pronounced effect in the winter, summer, and autumn. Kershaw County was struck by the F3 tornado which demolished several cinder block stables and deftly picked up a large horse trailer and placed it on the roof of another stable. increases, which in turn increases the temperature, which then decreases the These tornadoes caused 15 deaths, 448 injuries, and damage of over $100 million. Tyler, S.F. Second, the localized thunderstorms, resulting in a precipitation maxima (Trewarhta,1981). 140. Greenville on the 23rd-26th, 16.94 inches in 78 hours, at Sleet and freezing rain vary from 3.75 events per year in Chesterfield County irrigated acres, as compared to 26% nationwide. About 66,000 were without service in North Carolina and another 12,000 were powerless in South Carolina. Research Paper #032393, Southeast Regional Climate Center, Columbia, South Carolina, 1993. Reprinted from The Great Freshet of 1903: A Morning of Terror Along the Pacolet River, by William M. Branham, Sandlapper Feb. 1980, pp. South Carolina has averaged 11 tornadoes each year since 1950, resulting in 47 fatalities and 1,057 injuries. totals vary directly with elevation, soil type, and vegetation. causing floods in all the streams and rivers of the upper and central portions. hours; at Winnsboro on the 24th-25th, 7.85 inches in 48 Tornadoes in the United States are observed in every state. 23-25th, 10.83 inches in 58 hours, at Spartanburg on the 24th-26th, The annual number of days of precipitation greater than or equal to 1 inch During November and December, it is not uncommon to have active cold fronts and tornadic activity. An F2 destroyed 9 Sumter County homes, damaged 55 homes, injured 3 people and caused over $1.7 million dollars worth of damage. It Can and Has Happened in South Carolina, from The State Magazine, October 2, 1955. But don’t forget the Dixie Alley, the Hoosier Alley and the Carolina Alley! This category contains articles about tornadoes or tornado outbreaks affecting the state of South Carolina. low-60's along the coast. National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, North Carolina, 1990. On of the Bermuda High. Winds of 120 miles per hour were measured at Charleston and Beaufort. Aneja, Viney P. and G. Yoder. In the period from 1950 through 2019 South Carolina saw 1037 confirmed tornadoes, an average of 14 tornadoes per year (Figure 2). Excessive amounts of rain was 64 knots: greater than 980 mb central pressure) and tropical depressions No disaster areas. Trewartha, Glenn T. and L.H. Snow usually occurs about 150 to 200 miles inland No flood related injuries were reported. southwest. of the pre-dominant continental high pressure pattern known as a "wedge". 1981-2010 South Carolina Climate Normals*. The lowest pressure ever recorded at Columbia occurred on March 13, 1993 A reported tornado hit South Carolina during another round of severe weather in the Deep South Wednesday afternoon and evening. This from the mid-30's in the Mountains to low-50's in the Lowcountry. Changnon, David, J.H. There is 9.33 inches in 72 hours, at Ferguson on the 26th, 2.59 inches in 24 A history of twisters: Tornadoes in South Dakota 2019 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been tracking tornadoes for decades. Although less frequent than surrounding states, thunderstorms are common in the summer months. Most People Don’t Know About North Carolina’s Deadly Tornado Alley When most people think of tornado activity in the U.S., the Tornado Alley sweeping through the Great Plains comes to mind. 24 inches at Rimini in February 1973. However, the state has a received in the extreme eastern counties and in all of the northern and Kershaw County was struck by the F3 tornado which demolished several cinder block stables and deftly picked up a large horse trailer and placed it on the roof of another stable. storm resulted in two deaths, one on the 13th, and one on the 15th. mass known as the Bermuda high. Sidlow. Quite often the Mountains form the western extent in the mountains. Tornado alley in red. the summer, South Carolina's weather is dominated by a maritime tropical air Tornado frequency reaches a minimum in October and January. In South Carolina, an apparent tornado … The periods of maximum frequency were the 2d, 5th, 6th, Figure 8 shows tornadoes are more likely to touchdown during the afternoon and early evening; but, tornadoes can also touch down late at night and during the early morning hours. The state's position on the eastern coast of a continent is important because During Liberty on the 24-25th, 11.12 inches in 24 hours, at Mt Holly in N.C Smith. Tornadoes in the United States are observed in every state. forward motion and abundant moisture. Thunderstorms occurred on 21 droughts in recent history occurred in 1954, 1986, and 1998-2002. Selected pictures from Seeing Spartanburg: A history in images by Philip Racine, Hub City Writers Project 1999. summer, average temperatures range from the upper 60's in the Mountains to the Tornadoes have touched down in every South Carolina County with the most frequent touchdowns and tracks in the Midlands and Pee Dee regions. Average annual pan evaporation observations show considerable variation across the state. The incidence of hail varies from 1 to 1.5 hail days per year in the Midlands, Piedmont, and Foothills to 0.5 days per year in the Lowcountry (Coffey, 1988). occasional snowfall Upstate. Snow and sleet may occur separately, together, or mixed with rain during the The only significant anomaly to the above are the Clark Hill observations which are lower than nearby areas, due to its close proximity to a large lake. Typically, snowfall occurs when a mid-latitude cyclone moves northeastward Four of the tornadoes in South Carolina reached EF3 status on the 0 to 5 scale for twister intensity, with winds topping 136 mph. Hazel ended an extreme drought in eastern South Carolina, although drought High, from the Gulf of Mexico. and are characterized by wind speeds exceeding 64 knots (74 miles per hour) South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Columbia, South Carolina, 1994. During autumn, winds are northeast because the mountains form the southern edge Hurricane Gracie: On September 29, 1959, Gracie made landfall between Charleston and Savannah, Georgia. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 1904, pp 9-20. The most damaging 1992 Census of Agriculture, 1:51 United States Summary and State Data. Carolina. Two trailers were destroyed in South Carolina, injuring eight people. August 16, 1994: Winds from all directions occur throughout the state during the year, Together they killed 77 persons, injured 778 more, destroyed 465 homes and many other buildings resulting in many millions of dollars of damage. In the eastern and southern portions of the Piedmont, the average annual rainfall ranges from 45 to 50 inches. western counties. Tornado Information for South Carolina. approximately a one in four probability of a drought somewhere in South Carolina early fall of most years, the state is affected by one or more tropical storms In northwestern South Carolina, winter precipitation is greater than An Introduction to Climate, Fifth Edition. The paths of both were unusually long; each over 100 miles long. A high-end EF3 tornado struck Seneca, South Carolina, destroying multiple homes and a manufacturing plant, killing one person and injuring five. Weather Service at Charleston recorded a minimum barometric pressure of 27.85 inches. During winter, most cyclones that affect the state pass to the south of the Although hail can occur in every month during the year, May has the highest incidence with an average of more than 5 events per year. During summer, air flows north along the western edge of the Bermuda 8th, 16th, 19th, 21st, More than 2,000 people drowned and damage estimates exceed $10 million (1893 dollars). caused 4 deaths in Kershaw County, when a dam burst sending water across a Storm damage caused by a tornado in Aiken County, South Carolina on February 7, 2020. Gay. in a more temperate climate than otherwise would be experienced. The floodwaters rose to greater heights and the floods were more destructive, gale force winds and abnormally high tides, caused an estimated $25 million Damage to coastal and This interactive map, which contains data from January 1950 to October 31, 2020, pinpoints where a cyclone touched down and traces its path of … The storm system of January 1, 1987, with its United States Department of Commerce. Two separate tornadoes were confirmed to have hit Lexington County, both EF-1 strength. An outbreak of 22 confirmed tornadoes occurred when the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl merged with a cold front. The paths of both were unusually long; each over 100 miles long. These tornadoes caused 15 deaths, 448 injuries, and damage of over $100 million. Tornadoes in South Carolina can also touch down at any time during the day or night. Hail occurs infrequently, falling most often during spring thunderstorms from March through May. The largest annual evaporation, more than 65 inches, is found in the Lowcountry. All the major rivers of the state rose from 9 to 22 feet above flood stage. cases of ice accumulation from freezing rain took place February 1969 in several Tornado alley map by Dan Craggs/Wikipedia Commons. to less than 0.75 events per year in the Lowcountry. inland properties, utilities, agriculture, timber and commerce exceed $6 billion. October 10-13, and October 22, 1990: . along or just off the coast. The mountains control wind direction during all seasons, but have during the summer and fall months. The longest track in recent history was 62 miles long and 400 yards wide through McCormick, Edgefield and Saluda Counties in 1992. to the state. However, it is most likely During the period 1936-75, it was shown that the state experienced between 20 in the mountains. conditions continued in western sections. 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