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April 18, 2011 - April 24, 2011


On Monday morning, Cedar Creek and Pelion cooled to 40 degrees. Under sunny conditions, Aiken warmed to an afternoon high temperature of 83 degrees. Most of the state reported Tuesday high temperatures in the middle 80's. A group of thunderstorms formed over the westernmost counties of the Upstate on Wednesday morning. Clemson AP reported a thunderstorm at 10:00 a.m. and measured 0.59 inches of rain. Heat driven thunderstorms were part of Thursday's weather along the coastal counties. The Charleston AP recorded 91 degrees and Bennett's Point received 1.16 inches of rain. Passing thunderstorms on Friday seemed to be concentrated over central South Carolina and moving from the west to the east. The Edgefield USGS site measured 1.92 inches of rain and McEntire AP, near Eastover, measured 1.87 inches. Ft Johnson, on the Charleston harbor, recorded thunderstorm winds gusting to 48 mph at 6:15 p.m., on Friday evening. Friday's cloudy skies in Florence held their high temperature to just 62 degrees. After a few morning hours of fog, drizzle or mist, mostly sunny skies appeared for much of Saturday. Barnwell reached 88 degrees. On a sunny Easter Sunday, high temperatures ranged from 83 degrees at Pickens to 89 degrees at Summerville. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was six degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 92 degrees at Hardeeville on April 21. The lowest official temperature reported was 35 degrees at Walhalla on April 18. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.23 inches at McClellanville ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 23. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.5 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.38   16.64     -0.1
      Anderson           0.40   13.95     -2.4
      Columbia           1.33   12.00     -3.6
    Orangeburg           0.95   11.91     -3.6
 Charlotte, NC           0.25   12.46     -1.8
   Augusta, GA           0.27   12.72     -2.9
      Florence           0.77   11.21     -2.2
N Myrtle Beach           0.06   10.01     -3.0
    Charleston           1.65    9.75     -3.7
  Savannah, GA           0.09   10.97     -2.2
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 71 degrees, Charleston 74 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 70 degrees.

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