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September 29 - October 5, 2014


Localized heavy rains fell over the central coast during the pre-dawn hours of Monday morning. Edisto Beach measured 2.40 inches. At noon, light rain was falling at Rock Hill, Florence and Beaufort. Twenty-four-hour rainfall amounts measured on Tuesday morning included 1.25 inches at Greenwood and Summerville, 1.22 inches at McCormick and 1.00 inches at Hemingway. Clearing, cooler conditions were observed on September's end of the month. At 2:00 p.m., Greenville, Darlington and N Myrtle Beach all reported sunny skies and 81 degrees. The 30-day rainfall range indicated a heaviest total of 11.32 inches at Pinopolis Dam and a least total of 1.90 inches at Travelers Rest. The 18 days of measurable rain at Charleston AP tied their September record set in 1979. Union's October start at 56 degrees warmed under an all day sun to 88 degrees. On Thursday, Sandy Springs, Aiken, Lake City and Adams Run all reached 85 degrees. Showers began arriving on Friday morning for the South Carolina mountains in advance of an approaching cold front. Table Rock State Park reported a rainfall of 0.81 inches. Thundershowers developed over central counties producing rainfall amounts of 1.70 inches at Batesburg, 1.60 inches at Edgefield and 1.11 inches at Columbia Metro AP. Charleston and Beaufort held on to another warm day at 86 degrees. Gusting west to northwest surface winds delivered modified Canadian air to the state on Saturday. Saluda's Saturday maximum temperature was 68 degrees. The season's coldest temperatures were observed on Sunday morning. Hunts Bridge recorded a freezing 32 degrees and Fountain Inn was nearly as cold with 33 degrees. Patchy ground and rooftop frost was seen in Anderson, Pickens, Greenville and Spartanburg counties. The 40-degree minimum at Cades was their coldest value since April 18. York recorded a Sunday high temperature of 64 degrees. It was 68 degrees in Clinton and 72 degrees in Summerville. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was near the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 89 degrees at Cheraw on October 1 and at Clarks Hill and Cades on October 2. The lowest official temperature reported was 31 degrees at Long Creek on October 5. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 4.20 inches at Sullivan's Island ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 29. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.7 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure 
        Anderson AP            0.62    26.57      -7.3
           Greer AP            0.60    39.10       2.6
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.12    37.78       5.4
  Columbia Metro AP            1.12    32.00      -4.0
      Orangeburg AP            0.71    39.18       1.3
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.50    31.11      -3.6
        Florence AP            1.26    37.36       2.6 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.17    33.22      -9.2
      Charleston AP            0.54    44.00       1.5
    Savannah, GA AP            0.67    40.51       0.8

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 69 degrees, Charleston 71 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 75 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 75 degrees.

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