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January 16, 2012 - January 22, 2012


Hartsville reported a Monday morning low temperature of 24 degrees. Mostly sunny conditions allowed for a modest warming of up to 59 degrees at Kingstree, Charleston City and Beaufort. Showers entered the state on Tuesday. At 8:00 p.m., Anderson AP, Clemson-Oconee AP and Greenville AP noted heavy rain. Anderson measured a 24-hour rainfall amount of 1.26 inches. Chappells, located near the Lake Greenwood Dam, received 0.99 inches. Colder air filled in behind the departing wet weather and on Thursday morning, Caesars Head, Chesnee and Cedar Creek all recorded 25 degrees. It was 32 degrees as far south as the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station. Another round of rain and thundershowers fell over much of the Upstate on Friday afternoon and moved east during much of Saturday. Pickens reported an even one-inch of rain. A sector of mild air, out ahead of the waves of rain, warmed Walterboro to 75 degrees on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning, Newberry reported a 24-hour rain of 1.20 inches and Darlington reported 0.73 inches. The Sunday, 8:00 a.m. Florence AP temperature of 40 degrees moved to just 41 degrees by 6:00 p.m. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 76 degrees at Allendale and Givhans on January 21. The lowest official temperature reported was 23 degrees at Chesnee on January 16. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.51 inches at Sandy Springs ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 21. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.1 inches.



                                   Precipitation                                                    Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            2.58     3.36      0.6
      Anderson AP            2.89     3.91      1.2
      Columbia Metro AP      1.15     1.61     -0.9
    Orangeburg AP            0.99     1.64     -1.0
 Charlotte, NC AP            1.51     2.01     -0.5
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.98     1.27     -1.5
      Florence AP            0.83     1.01     -1.3
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.19     0.76     -1.7
    Charleston AP            0.35     0.45     -2.2
  Savannah, GA AP            0.85     1.28     -1.3



Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 54 degrees, Charleston 57 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 53 degrees.

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