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October 5, 2009 - October 11, 2009


Steady rains, passing west to east, fell during the early morning hours on Monday and into the afternoon. The event produced 1.31 inches of rain at Laurens, 1.84 inches at Sandhill, 1.88 inches at Galivants Ferry, 1.60 inches at Cades and 1.08 inches at Beaufort. High temperatures for Monday peaked in the upper 50's and low 60's. The week's second round of wet weather arrived before sunrise Wednesday morning with occasional thunder. Sandy Springs received 1.26 inches of rain as the cells raced eastward at near 60 mph. Brisk west winds helped clear skies Wednesday afternoon and pushed the thermometer well back into the 80's. The surface cold front arrived overnight with Thursday morning minimum temperatures cooling into the lower 50's. The undecided nature of seasonal change was once again evident Friday with afternoon heat and high humidity. Georgetown and Bamberg both recorded maximum temperatures of 91 degrees. The week's second cold front approached on Saturday with thunderstorms developing during the day over southern and eastern locations. One of the heaviest rainfalls occurred at Holly Hill with a measurement of 0.94 inches. The week ended with overcast and cooler conditions. The state average temperature for the period was 4 degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 92 degrees at Andrews on October 9. The lowest official temperature reported was 43 degrees at Chesnee on October 8. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.71 inches at Columbia Owens AP on October 5. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.1 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           1.13   34.53     -5.6
      Anderson           1.60   37.25      0.2
      Columbia           2.03   36.66     -3.6
    Orangeburg           0.79   32.54     -7.7
 Charlotte, NC           0.63   33.14     -1.5
   Augusta, GA           0.66   31.60     -5.2
      Florence           1.25   28.77     -8.1
N Myrtle Beach           0.81   28.54     -8.9
    Charleston           0.97   41.95     -2.0
  Savannah, GA           1.55   46.24      3.7   



Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 72 degrees, Charleston 77 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were unavailable.

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