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April 13, 2009 - April 19, 2009


Showers and a few thunderstorms were observed on both Monday and Tuesday. Instruments at Springmaid Pier in Myrtle Beach measured a wind gust of 48 mph early Tuesday morning and several thunderstorm cells produced small hail. Loris received 1.41 inches of rain and Pritchardville 1.26 inches. Much cooler conditions overspread the state Wednesday with gusting northwest winds. Strong cold air advection sent temperatures on Friday morning back into the 30's with isolated pockets of frost. The Conway Airport and Chesterfield both reported 34 degrees. On Saturday, most of the state enjoyed sunny weather with afternoon high temperatures in the middle 70's. April's 12-hour sunshine days on top of the recent wet weather events have resulted in visual new growth and fast greening of the countryside. The week ended with overcast skies and a line of showers entering the state from the west. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 80 degrees at Chesterfield and Jamestown on April 18. The lowest official temperature reported was 33 degrees at Pageland on April 17. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.68 inches at Dillon ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 15. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.6 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.51   16.21      0.0
      Columbia           1.00    9.98     -5.1
    Orangeburg           0.66   11.37     -3.7
 Charlotte, NC           0.23   11.86     -2.0
   Augusta, GA           0.98   13.39     -1.8
      Florence           0.53    8.41     -4.5
N Myrtle Beach           0.13    8.20     -4.4
    Charleston           0.58    9.97     -3.0
  Savannah, GA           1.49   13.37      0.7   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 66 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 65 degrees.

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