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April 2 - April 8, 2012


Date record high temperatures were observed on Monday at Greenville-Spartanburg AP (88 degrees) and Charleston AP (91 degrees). The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station, Orangeburg, Columbia and Clemson also reached 91 degrees. A small area of convective storms developed over portions of west central South Carolina and left 0.85 inches of rain at Lake Greenwood and 0.48 inches at Batesburg. More storms formed on Tuesday evening. Blackville measured one of the heavier amounts with 1.19 inches. Winnsboro received 0.83 inches and Aiken reported 0.76 inches. Unseasonal heating returned for Wednesday. The thermometer in Pinopolis climbed to 91 degrees. Scattered thunderstorms on Wednesday evening at McBee gave them a two-day total of 1.80 inches. During the mid-afternoon hours on Thursday, strong storms formed over the foothills and moved eastward. At 3:28 p.m., Gowensville in Greenville County reported 1.75-inch diameter hail. At 4:30 p.m., the Bonham Fire Department in Union County reported the same sized hail and that it had covered the ground. To the east and ahead of the storms, Witherbee warmed to 89 degrees. The Thursday and overnight rainfall totals included 1.80 inches at Table Rock, 1.72 inches at Georgetown AP and 1.60 inches at Lugoff. Much colder air entered the state on Friday. Dillon, Orangeburg and Shaw AFB recorded high temperatures of just 64 degrees. On Saturday morning, there were public reports of light frost from Taylors over to Lancaster and into Loris. The temperature at Hartsville and Cades fell to 35 degrees. Edisto Beach recorded a more winter-like 38 degrees. Florence and Kingstree noted a Saturday high temperature of 70 degrees. Easter Sunday was observed with mostly sunny skies, light winds and temperatures easing back to around 80 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was seven degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 94 degrees at the University of South Carolina Campus in Columbia on April 2. The lowest official temperature reported was 32 degrees at the Conway AP on April 7. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.22 inches at Chesnee ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 6. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.8 inches.



                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            0.81     9.59     -3.7
      Anderson AP            0.66     8.89     -4.0
      Columbia Metro AP      0.32     6.77     -4.9
    Orangeburg AP            0.90     7.55     -4.9
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.77     8.26     -3.3
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       1.26     6.06     -6.8
      Florence AP            0.88     9.63     -0.6
N Myrtle Beach AP            1.02     7.61     -4.3
    Charleston AP            0.91     9.36     -1.8
  Savannah, GA AP            0.21     8.86     -2.2



Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 70 degrees, Charleston 68 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at nearby Johnny Mercer Pier in Wrightsville Beach, NC were reported at 66 degrees.

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