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October 1 - October 7, 2012


October began with cloudy, rainy weather for the Upstate. At 1:00 p.m., the Rock Hill AP reported an overcast 61 degrees while a distant Charleston AP reported scattered clouds and 86 degrees. During the darkness of Tuesday morning, thunderstorms formed, bringing heavy rains to the mountains. Jocassee measured 3.64 inches and a CoCoRahs volunteer in Cleveland reported 3.59 inches. Dillon and Bennettsville reached 91 degrees. Afternoon thunderstorms drifted east, leaving 1.14 inches of rain at Kingstree and 0.78 inches at Galivants Ferry. Sullivan's Island and Jamestown warmed to 88 degrees. Lingering showers on Wednesday continued into Thursday morning. The Columbia AP noted a heavy rain shower on Thursday at 10:56 a.m. Edisto Beach and the Georgetown AP recorded a Thursday high temperature of 86 degrees. A boundary of cooler air made slow progress into the Foothills on Saturday morning but stayed generally along the border with North Carolina. Chesnee, Pickens and West Pelzer cooled to 53 degrees. Sunny weather was observed on Saturday with afternoon temperatures more like late summer. McEntire AP, Kingstree and Bennettsville recorded 88 degrees. Another boundary dropped southeast on Saturday evening with scattered showers and increased cloudiness. Lake Wylie received one of the heavier rains with 0.90 inches. Under mostly cloudy skies and northeast surface winds, the Kings Mountain National Park and Ninety Nine Islands made it to a Sunday high of just 60 degrees. The Georgetown AP held on to another very warm 88-degree afternoon before evening thunder signaled the coming change. The state average temperature for the period was six degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 92 degrees at Pinopolis on October 6. The lowest official temperature reported was 51 degrees at Hunts Bridge on October 5 and at Hunts Bridge and Walhalla on October 6. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.81 inches at Caesars Head ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 2. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.0 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg        
         Greer AP            2.31    32.03     -4.7
      Anderson AP            1.90    33.50     -0.6
      Columbia Metro AP      0.68    36.89      0.6
    Orangeburg AP            0.65    35.68     -2.4
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.92    28.91     -3.8
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       1.20    30.15     -4.8
      Florence AP            0.58    34.69     -0.3
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.53    31.87    -10.8
    Charleston AP            0.03    37.18     -5.6
  Savannah, GA AP            0.67    37.34     -2.7

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 75 degrees, Charleston 79 degrees.


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

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