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January 7 - January 13, 2013


Clearing, high pressure moved into South Carolina on Monday with a frosty start for most of the inland locations. McCormick, Newberry and Bishopville reported a minimum temperature of 29 degrees. The Monday afternoon high temperature at Sandhill, Clarks Hill and Beaufort was 57 degrees. Seasonal cold on Tuesday only allowed Laurens and West Pelzer to reach 52 degrees. At 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, the Greenwood airport recorded a peak barometric pressure value of 30.48 inches of mercury. Slow warming began over the Lowcountry and moved northward. Hemingway reported a Wednesday high temperature of 75 degrees. Lake City and Johnston recorded 75 degrees on Thursday. Localized showers left 0.62 inches of rain at McClellanville and 0.45 inches at Georgetown. Fog was observed on Friday morning with one-eighth mile visibility reported at McEntire ANG AP. At 8:00 a.m., Anderson, Greenville-Spartanburg, Shaw AFB, Orangeburg, Charleston and Myrtle Beach all reported relative humidity values of 100 percent. At 9:00 a.m., Greenville noted "heavy rain." Twenty-four hour rainfalls across the Upstate included 0.87 inches at Jocassee Dam and 0.58 inches at Pickens. Pinopolis warmed to 80 degrees on Friday afternoon ahead of "short-sleeves" weather for the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, date record high temperatures were set at Columbia Metro AP (82 degrees), Charleston AP (81 degrees), Florence AP (81 degrees) and Greenville-Spartanburg AP (73 degrees). Outside of a few isolated showers, Sunday's weather was mostly sunny and unseasonably mild. Allendale and Hartsville recorded a spring-like 78 degrees. The state average temperature for the period was fourteen degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 82 degrees at Barnwell, Pinopolis, Cades, Shaw AFB and Columbia Metro AP on January 12. The lowest official temperature reported was 24 degrees at Hunts Bridge on January 8. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.96 inches at Table Rock ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 12. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.1 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg           
         Greer AP            0.33     0.92     -0.7 
      Anderson AP            0.13     0.81     -0.8
      Columbia Metro AP      0.00     0.32     -0.4
    Orangeburg AP            0.10     0.10     -1.2
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.06     0.56     -0.9
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.00     0.09     -1.5
      Florence AP            0.17     0.40     -1.0
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.02     0.08     -1.4
    Charleston AP            0.01     0.14     -1.4	
  Savannah, GA AP            0.00     0.24     -1.2

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 60 degrees, Charleston 62 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 54 degrees.

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