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September 24 - September 30, 2012


Sunny, seasonal weather was observed on both Monday and Tuesday. Aiken reported the state's highest temperature on Monday at 85 degrees. On Tuesday morning, Chesnee cooled to 44 degrees. Hartsville reported a low temperature of 47 degrees and Walterboro reported 52 degrees. The airports at Orangeburg, Kingstree, Shaw AFB, Charleston and the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station reached 81 degrees. Warmer, more humid air arrived on Wednesday. On Thursday afternoon, Dillon, McCormick and Columbia shared a high temperature value of 88 degrees. The weekend began with more clouds for the Upstate and spotty, light rains. Isolated thunderstorms on Saturday evening produced one-inch diameter hail at Tarboro in Jasper County. Jamestown received 1.15 inches of rain. Overcast skies affected most of the state on Sunday before mid-afternoon light rains or drizzle began forming and drifting north. At 11:00 p.m., rain was falling at Charleston, Columbia and Greenville. September ended with a rainfall range of 6.98 inches measured at Caesars Head to just 0.65 inches measured at Bamberg. The state average temperature for the period was one degree above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 90 degrees at Givhans on September 26, Barnwell on September 27, and at Barnwell and Sullivan's Island on September 28. The lowest official temperature reported was 43 degrees at Table Rock on September 24 and at Chesnee and Ninety Nine Islands on September 26. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.67 inches at Georgetown AP ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 30. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.6 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg        
      Greer AP               0.07    29.72     -6.2
      Anderson AP            0.46    31.60     -1.8
      Columbia Metro AP      0.31    36.21      0.8
    Orangeburg AP            0.60    35.03     -2.1
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.61    27.99     -3.9
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.83    28.95     -5.1
      Florence AP            1.44    34.11      0.0
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.02    31.34    -10.3
    Charleston AP            0.89    37.15     -4.6
  Savannah, GA AP            1.46    36.67     -2.3	
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 74 degrees, Charleston 78 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 77 degrees.

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