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December 31 - January 6, 2013


On Monday, December 31, much of the state reported afternoon high temperatures in the low to middle 50's. The new year of 2013 started under cloudy skies with areas of light to moderate rain. Parts of the Lowcountry received a break for a few hours of afternoon sunshine that sent the thermometer to 70 degrees at Pinopolis. The 24-hour rainfall totals ending Wednesday morning included 0.79 inches at Lake Greenwood, 0.75 inches at Sandy Springs, 0.67 inches at Little Mountain and 0.59 inches at Newberry. A slow thermometer only allowed a high temperature on Wednesday of 54 degrees at Hartsville and Bishopville. More light rain left 0.20 inches at Andrews and 0.18 inches at Pelion. On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., the airports at Rock Hill, Florence and N Myrtle Beach all reported 44 degrees. At the same time, Charleston and Beaufort reported light rain. The Thursday high temperature at Chester and Winnsboro just made it to 44 degrees. Edisto Beach measured 0.30 inches of rain. Much colder air arrived on Friday bringing mostly sunny, seasonal conditions. Orangeburg and Marion recorded a Friday high temperature of 53 degrees. Charleston City's 58 degrees was the state's highest value. On Saturday morning, Saluda recorded at hard freeze of 23 degrees. Florence recorded 25 degrees and Walterboro noted a minimum of 29 degrees. Sullivan's Island reached 60 degrees for Saturday's mildest location. Impulses of light rain eased into South Carolina late Saturday and into Sunday morning. Pelion measured 0.21 inches. The Rock Hill AP sunrise temperature on Sunday was a sub-freezing 22 degrees. Mostly cloudy skies limited Dillon and Mullins to a Sunday high temperature of only 47 degrees. The state average temperature for the period was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 71 degrees at Allendale on January 1. The lowest official temperature reported was 20 degrees at Ninety Nine Islands on January 5. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.98 inches at Calhoun Falls ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 2. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.4 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg  
         Greer AP            0.59     0.59     -0.1 
      Anderson AP            0.68     0.68     -0.1
      Columbia Metro AP      0.32     0.32     -0.4
    Orangeburg AP            0.10     0.10     -0.7
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.50     0.50     -0.2
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.09     0.09     -0.6
      Florence AP            0.23     0.23     -0.4
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.06     0.06     -0.6
    Charleston AP            0.13     0.13     -0.6
  Savannah, GA AP            0.24     0.24     -0.4

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 52 degrees, Charleston 54 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 51 degrees.

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