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October 6, 2008 - October 12, 2008


Cool mornings and warm sunny afternoons were observed on both Monday and Tuesday. An upper level, low pressure feature dropped southeastward early Wednesday with showers Upstate becoming stormy along the Savannah River corridor and with embedded heavy rains during much of the day. Greenwood County reported damage from high winds. Thursday brought a second day of thunderstorms that were concentrated over the Lowcountry. An unofficial wind gust of 76 mph was measured near Yemassee at 2:40 p.m. Beginning Friday and through the weekend, periods of blowing rain fell over the coast and inland to parts of central South Carolina. Georgetown AP received a three-day total of 3.84 inches, Edisto Beach received 3.31 inches. Counties within the Piedmont and westward to the mountains reported partly sunny, mild weather through Sunday. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 87 degrees at Orangeburg on October 6. The lowest official temperature reported was 46 degrees at Lake Bowen on the morning of October 7. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.86 inches at Fountain Inn ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 9. The state average rainfall for the period was 2.3 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           1.99   31.02     -9.3
      Columbia           1.32   33.98     -6.3
    Orangeburg           3.64   34.16     -6.1
 Charlotte, NC           1.01   35.76      1.0	
   Augusta, GA           2.25   30.74     -6.1
      Florence           0.79   43.36      6.4
N Myrtle Beach           0.66   41.29      3.7
    Charleston           3.97   37.57     -6.4
  Savannah, GA           5.37   37.13     -5.5   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 72 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 76 degrees.

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