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October 7 - October 13, 2013


The combination of an approaching frontal boundary and the broad circulation of a weakening tropical feature produced heavy rains for parts of South Carolina. Terrain-enhanced downpours caused flash flooding over portions of Greenville and Spartanburg counties before Monday's sunrise. A CoCoRaHS volunteer observer at Berry's Pond measured 4.85 inches of rain. The two-day rainfall at Shaw AFB reached 2.73 inches. The Florence Regional AP Monday 3:00 p.m. temperature of 81 degrees with southerly winds fell to 61 degrees with northerly winds at the same time on Tuesday, making it seem like a late November day. Hemingway received a 24-hour rainfall of 2.40 inches. North winds gusted to 32 mph at Folly Beach. Wednesday's early morning rainfall totals included 2.00 inches at Hartsville and 1.11 inches at Chesterfield. The 60-degree air temperature at Springmaid Pier on Wednesday was their lowest value since May 14. Partial clearing for the western half of the state was observed on Thursday. A parcel of colder air sent the temperature to 44 degrees at Table Rock and Hunts Bridge on Thursday morning. While the Greenville-Spartanburg AP enjoyed a mild 2:00 p.m. temperature of 78 degrees, a cloudy Darlington chilled under a cloudy 64 degrees. Cloudy conditions remained over parts of the Pee Dee and central coast on Friday. A sunny Barnwell warmed to 86 degrees. On Saturday, Orangeburg, Charleston and Beaufort recorded 85 degrees. More clouds drifted into the eastern counties for Sunday. Spotty light rains fell during the afternoon and evening hours. McCormick observed enough sunshine time to reach 84 degrees for the state's highest Sunday temperature. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 88 degrees at Darlington and the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station on October 7. The lowest official temperature reported was 43 degrees at Hunts Bridge on October 11. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.70 inches at Cheraw ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 8. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.8 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            0.42    55.98     21.2  
           Greer AP            1.57    58.46     21.0
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.37    38.75      5.4
  Columbia Metro AP            1.95    47.50     10.6
      Orangeburg AP            0.11    49.02     10.2
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.26    46.75     11.1
        Florence AP            0.67    48.03     12.4
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.42    42.54     -0.9
      Charleston AP            1.12    52.43      8.8
    Savannah, GA AP            0.09    49.04      8.2

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 73 degrees, Charleston 75 degrees.


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

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