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April 1 - April 7, 2013


Monday morning's passing thunderstorms left 1.36 inches of rain at Bamberg and 0.98 inches at the Columbia Metro AP. The Lowcountry locations of Edisto Beach and Beaufort missed the unsettled weather and warmed up to 78 degrees. Inland South Carolina reported Tuesday afternoon temperatures in the 70's. Relative humidity values fell to 15 percent at Greenville. Overcast conditions on Wednesday paired with northeast winds to lower daytime temperatures. A parcel of wintry air arrived for the high elevation sites on Thursday morning with tree icing and episodes of sleet at Caesars Head. Blowing rains developed over much of the Piedmont all the way to the beaches. At 11:00 a.m., "heavy rain" was reported at Greenwood, Columbia and Sumter. The 2:00 p.m. temperature of 37 degrees at Anderson and Greenville was their coldest known April afternoon temperature observation on record. At 6:24 p.m., Springmaid Pier recorded northeast winds of 38 mph gusting to 48 mph. Twenty-four hour rainfall amounts ending Friday morning included 0.97 inches at Gaffney, 1.37 inches at McBee, 1.12 inches at Hartsville, and 1.40 inches at the Georgetown AP. More sunshine arrived Friday as a boundary of colder, clear air followed the departing wet weather. Shaw AFB and N Myrtle Beach AP each reported a Friday afternoon high temperature of 59 degrees. On Saturday morning, Hunts Bridge and Chesnee noted a freezing 32 degrees. Saturday's mostly sunny skies and subsiding winds helped send the temperature to 72 degrees at Anderson, Florence and Summerville. The warming continued on Sunday with Saluda, Hartsville and Kingstree reaching 77 degrees. The average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees below the long term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 79 degrees at Charleston AP on April 1 and the Columbia Metro AP on April 7. The lowest official temperature reported was 31 degrees at Cedar Creek on April 6. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.98 inches at McClellanville ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 5. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.8 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                              Total    Total    from Avg         
        Anderson AP            0.60    13.30      0.6
           Greer AP            0.67    13.34      0.2
   Charlotte, NC AP            1.16    12.35      0.9
  Columbia Metro AP            1.54    11.91      0.3
      Orangeburg AP            0.75    11.97     -0.4
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.87    13.98      1.2
        Florence AP            1.08    10.09      0.0
  N Myrtle Beach AP            1.14     9.38     -2.4
      Charleston AP            0.53    15.42      4.3
    Savannah, GA AP            0.90    13.22      2.2

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 58 degrees.

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