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September 29, 2008 - October 5, 2008


Much of the state reported summer-like warmth on Monday before Tuesday's early morning rain and thunder preceded the arrival of the coolest temperatures of the season. At September's end, Marion measured a preliminary rainfall total of 14.17 inches while Hunts Bridge had only received 0.79 inches. Chilling temperatures were observed around sunrise on Thursday morning and were followed by near cloudless, blue skies. High temperatures on Thursday were limited to the lower and middle 70's. The dry airmass dominated through the weekend with mostly sunny conditions and gradually rising temperatures. The state average temperature for the period was one degree below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 91 degrees at Orangeburg on September 30. The lowest official temperature reported was 38 degrees at Cheraw on the morning of October 3. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.31 inches at Longtown ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 30. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.2 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           1.30   29.03    -10.3
      Columbia           0.27   32.66     -7.0
    Orangeburg           0.09   30.52     -9.1
 Charlotte, NC           0.00   34.75      0.8	
   Augusta, GA           0.01   28.49     -7.6
      Florence           0.10   42.57      6.3
N Myrtle Beach           0.00   40.63      3.9
    Charleston           0.03   33.60     -9.6
  Savannah, GA           0.13   31.76    -10.1   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 75 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 78 degrees.

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