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January 9, 2012 - January 15, 2012


A nearly stationary boundary divided the state on Monday. At noon, a sunny Walterboro reported 75 degrees while a cloudy and cool Darlington reported 48 degrees. Areas of rain moved east along the feature through the day. On Tuesday morning, the McEntire ANG AP noted "zero" visibility in dense fog. Chesterfield measured a 24-hour rainfall amount of 0.76 inches. Stormy weather developed on Wednesday as warm, moist air collided with an approaching boundary of colder air. The Clemson AP observed thunder at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A hail path affected the counties of Pickens, Greenville and Spartanburg. One-inch diameter hail fell 4 miles NW of Fingerville. Sullivan's Island warmed to 70 degrees before the colder air arrived. Keowee Dam received 1.42 inches of rain. Clearing skies on Thursday evening were accompanied with high winds. Anderson AP and Lake Murray measured winds gusting to 48 mph. "Blow-out" tides were observed at Myrtle Beach and Charleston. At 5:06 a.m., the recorded low tide value at Springmaid Pier was 2.20 feet below the prediction. Aiken reported a Friday low temperature of 19 degrees. Both Edisto Beach and Pinopolis noted a Friday maximum temperature of just 49 degrees. Bishopville, Florence and Little Mountain could only warm to 48 degrees on Saturday afternoon. Pickens and Walhalla started Sunday morning at 20 degrees. The state's highest temperature on Sunday afternoon was observed in Allendale with a near-seasonal temperature of 59 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 78 degrees at Charleston AP on January 9. The lowest official temperature reported was 17 degrees at Caesars Head on January 13. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.85 inches at Table Rock ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 12. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.5 inches.


                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            0.69     0.78     -1.1
      Anderson AP            0.73     1.02     -0.8
      Columbia Metro AP      0.41     0.46     -1.2
    Orangeburg AP            0.58     0.65     -1.1
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.45     0.50     -1.2
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.29     0.29     -1.6
      Florence AP            0.18     0.18     -1.4
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.55     0.57     -1.1
    Charleston AP            0.10     0.10     -1.7
  Savannah, GA AP            0.41     0.43     -1.3

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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


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

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