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April 16 - April 22, 2012


Afternoon temperatures climbed into the middle 80's on Monday and Tuesday. Hardeeville, Hartsville and Sandhill warmed to 86 degrees on Monday, and Summerville, Newberry and Aiken reached 86 degrees on Tuesday. Isolated storms formed over the high elevation sites on Tuesday evening, leaving 1.69 inches of rain at Caesars Head. Clouds arrived for much of western South Carolina on Wednesday and limited the high temperature at Calhoun Falls to just 59 degrees. Showers, some with thunder, were observed Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Walterboro measured 1.62 inches of rain and Galivants Ferry measured 1.08 inches. A cloudy Winnsboro reported 62 degrees for a Thursday high temperature. On Friday morning, Rock Hill recorded a low temperature of 48 degrees. Warmer air entered the southern counties on Saturday and set the stage for unstable weather and periods of heavy rain for the coastal plain and later that evening for the Midlands. By Sunday morning, Brookgreen Gardens had received a soaking 3.00 inches. Bamberg reported a 24-hour rainfall of 2.36 inches. Sunday's late-exiting showers left 1.66 inches of rain in the Lugoff gage. The state's highest temperature on Sunday was noted at Myrtle Beach and Beaufort with 74 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 90 degrees at Cades and Johnston on April 17. The lowest official temperature reported was 46 degrees at Ninety Nine Islands on April 20. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.68 inches at Cheraw ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 22. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.9 inches.


                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            1.61    11.20     -3.6
      Anderson AP            0.99     9.88     -4.5
      Columbia Metro AP      1.82     8.59     -4.3
    Orangeburg AP            1.39     8.94     -4.9
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.76     9.02     -4.0
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.19     6.25     -7.9
      Florence AP            0.46    10.08     -1.3
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.76     8.38     -4.9
    Charleston AP            0.38     9.74     -2.8
  Savannah, GA AP            0.27     9.13     -3.4

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 67 degrees, Charleston 70 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at nearby Johnny Mercer Pier in Wrightsville Beach, NC were reported at 69 degrees.

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