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September 26, 2011 - October 2, 2011


Eastward-moving storms on Monday left 3.94 inches of rain at the Orangeburg County Emergency Management Divisions office that resulted in street flooding. Tuesday's towering thunderclouds over Aiken County sent 2-inch diameter hailstones to the ground. Ridgeville measured 1.46 inches of rain and Walterboro measured 1.40 inches. Andrews warmed up to 91 degrees on Tuesday and Conway did the same on Wednesday. Wednesday's rain and thunder brought Pageland 0.52 inches of rain. Despite the calendar, summer-like warmth continued on Thursday with Hartsville, Columbia and Pinopolis all recording 88 degrees. A cold front entered the state on Friday with scattered thunderstorms forming across the eastern sections. Conway reported rains totaling 0.80 inches and nearby Galivants Ferry received 0.72 inches. September 2011 rainfall ranged from a high of 10.60 inches at Jocassee to a low of 1.40 inches at Calhoun Falls. Much cooler air settled into the region Saturday with Chester noting a 20-degree drop from their Friday high temperature of 83 degrees to a Saturday high of just 63 degrees. Sunny fall weather was observed through the weekend. On Sunday morning, Saluda and Barnwell cooled to 39 degrees as colder air continued to slide south. McCormick and Ft. Moultrie shared the state's Sunday high temperature of 73 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 92 degrees at Pinopolis and Givhans on September 27. The lowest official temperature reported was 38 degrees at Walhalla on October 2. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.95 inches at Lake Greenwood ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 28. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.4 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total    from Avg
         Greer           0.01   35.61     -0.6
      Anderson           0.11   27.44     -6.2
      Columbia           0.06   31.82     -3.9
    Orangeburg           1.89   32.24     -5.2
 Charlotte, NC           0.52   34.73      2.7
   Augusta, GA           0.03   25.05     -9.3
      Florence           0.74   24.46     -9.9
N Myrtle Beach           1.13   27.36    -14.6
    Charleston           0.01   33.05     -9.0
  Savannah, GA           0.05   30.54     -8.7
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 72 degrees, Charleston 74 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 76 degrees.

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