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October 3, 2011 - October 9, 2011


"Rooftop frost" was observed Monday morning at Mountain Rest as much colder, seasonal air settled into the state. Table Rock chilled to 34 degrees and Kingstree and the Marlboro County Airport both recorded 37 degrees. A pattern of dry, sunny weather continued into Sunday. Most locations experienced mild to warm days. Clemson and Anderson reached 81 degrees on Wednesday, as did Kingstree and Hartsville on Thursday. Beaufort and Charleston warmed to 81 degrees on Friday with Effingham and Givhans sharing 81 degrees on Saturday. High clouds started arriving on Sunday in advance of a developing area of low pressure located over central Florida. At 2:00 p.m., instruments at Springmaid Pier in Myrtle Beach reported northeast winds of 29 mph, gusting to 36 mph. A few extra sunshine minutes at Summerville allowed their Sunday afternoon temperature to reach 82 degrees. Shortly before midnight, light rains began entering the southern coastal counties. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 84 degrees at Givhans on October 5. The lowest official temperature reported was 30 degrees at Jocassee on October 3. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.04 inches at Charleston AP on October 9. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.0 inches.


                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            0.00    35.61     -1.4
      Anderson AP            0.00    27.44     -6.9
      Columbia Metro AP      0.00    31.82     -4.6
    Orangeburg AP            0.00    32.24     -6.2
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.00    34.73      1.8
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.00    25.05    -10.1
      Florence AP            0.00    24.46    -10.7
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.00    27.36    -15.6
    Charleston AP            0.04    33.09    -10.0
  Savannah, GA AP            0.20    30.74     -9.6

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 73 degrees, Charleston 72 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 72 degrees.

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