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January 23, 2012 - January 29, 2012


Monday's weather included noon-day observations of heavy rain falling at the Greenville Spartanburg area and, at the same time, dense fog with one-quarter mile visibility reported at Columbia. A nearly stationary boundary only allowed Table Rock a Monday high temperature of 42 degrees while Witherbee, located in Berkeley County, warmed up to 72 degrees. On Tuesday morning, fog formed further north into the Upstate. At 9:00 a.m., the Greer AP reported visibilities reduced to one-eighth of a mile. Warm, southerly air sent afternoon temperatures at Givhans and Pinopolis to 78 degrees. A brief boundary of colder air raced through the state overnight. The Conway AP Tuesday high temperature of 77 degrees fell 43 degrees to a Wednesday morning low temperature of 34 degrees. Another surge of unseasonal warmth returned on Thursday. The Kingstree AP reached 79 degrees and both Summerville and Orangeburg noted 78 degrees. Showers formed during the overnight hours ahead of an approaching cold front. At 2:00 a.m. on Friday morning, the N Myrtle Beach AP reported "heavy rain." Holly Hill measured 0.62 inches and Winnsboro measured 0.46 inches. Sunny, blue skies were observed over the weekend with afternoon temperatures in the 60's on Saturday and in the 50's on Sunday. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was seven degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 80 degrees at Cades on January 26. The lowest official temperature reported was 22 degrees at Hunts Bridge and Chesnee on January 29. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.87 inches at Saluda ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 27. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.3 inches.


                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            0.56     3.92      0.4
      Anderson AP            0.42     4.33      0.7
      Columbia Metro AP      0.15     1.76     -1.6
    Orangeburg AP            0.13     1.77     -1.9
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.27     2.28     -0.9
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.13     1.40     -2.3
      Florence AP            0.29     1.30     -1.7
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.48     1.24     -2.1
    Charleston AP            0.19     0.64     -2.8
  Savannah, GA AP            0.17     1.45     -2.0

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 55 degrees, Charleston 57 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 55 degrees.

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