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October 8 - October 14, 2012


Rains fell from gray skies on Monday. At noon, light rain was falling at Columbia, Sumter and Florence. At 2:55 p.m., the Marion and Walterboro airports reported "heavy rain." Monday's high temperature at Hunts Bridge and Long Creek was a chilling 51 degrees. Tuesday morning, 24-hour rainfalls included 1.90 inches at Mullins, 1.86 inches at Givhans, 1.79 inches at Cades and 1.60 inches at Galivants Ferry. Under overcast conditions, Florence, Orangeburg and Myrtle Beach reported 55 degrees at 12:00 p.m. Slow clearing from the southwest was observed during the afternoon hours. Much cooler air arrived by Wednesday morning. The Hartsville AP recorded a sunrise temperature of 43 degrees. At 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, the N Myrtle Beach AP noted northeast winds of 16 mph, gusting to 22 mph. The Thursday morning, 11:42 a.m., Springmaid Pier surf water temperature of 72.7 degrees represented a seven degree drop since Sunday. At 4:00 p.m., the Marine Corps Air Station at Beaufort noted clear skies and 74 degrees. Partly sunny conditions and light winds allowed Friday afternoon temperatures to warm back into the 80's. Orangeburg, McCormick and Pinopolis reached 82 degrees. A weak boundary influenced the state on Saturday with cooler northeast winds. Andrews recorded the warmest temperature on Saturday at 75 degrees. Much of South Carolina observed a mild and seasonal Sunday. Allendale and Dillon warmed to 83 degrees. The state average temperature for the period was five degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 86 degrees at Edisto Beach on October 14. The lowest official temperature reported was 40 degrees at Caesars Head on October 9, Pelion and Saluda on October 10, Hunts Bridge, Ninety Nine Islands, Spartanburg, Walhalla and Hunts Bridge on October 11, and at Cedar Creek on October 12. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.96 inches at Edisto Island ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 8. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.4 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg          
         Greer AP            0.00    32.03     -5.5
      Anderson AP            0.00    33.50     -1.3
      Columbia Metro AP      0.45    37.34      0.4
    Orangeburg AP            0.61    36.29     -2.7
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.00    28.91     -4.6
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.06    30.21     -5.5
      Florence AP            0.23    34.92     -0.8
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.36    32.23    -11.4
    Charleston AP            0.84    38.02     -5.7
  Savannah, GA AP            0.34    37.68     -3.3

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 71 degrees, Charleston 73 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 73 degrees.

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