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October 10, 2011 - October 16, 2011


Light to moderate rains were observed at sunrise on Monday morning. At 8:00 a.m., Charleston City reported gale force winds from the northeast at 46 mph. Springmaid Pier's Tuesday 3:54 a.m. observation indicated northeast winds of 32 mph, gusting to 37 mph. Ft. Moultrie measured a 24-hour rainfall from Monday into Tuesday morning of 1.25 inches. Both the Georgetown AP and nearby N Inlet measured 1.23 inches of rain. Light rain and blowing drizzle held the high temperature at Darlington and Orangeburg to just 66 degrees. Localized heavy rains fell before daylight on Wednesday. Winnsboro received 1.36 inches and Clinton received 1.28 inches. Keowee Dam's 0.96 inches helped stream-flow and reservoir recharge in parts of western South Carolina's mountains. A frontal boundary raced through the state on Thursday. National Weather Service instruments on Lake Murray recorded 46 mph winds at 7:10 p.m. Late-exiting rains left Dillon with 0.81 inches. Sunny blue skies arrived Friday and lasted through the weekend. Cool, seasonal mornings were followed by warm afternoons on Saturday and Sunday. Barnwell, Beaufort and Andrews warmed up to 84 degrees on Saturday afternoon. Laurens, Pinopolis, Columbia and Clarks Hill reached 84 degrees on Sunday. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 85 degrees at Givhans on October 15 and at Walhalla, Clemson, Anderson, Calhoun Falls, Clinton and Greenwood on October 16. The lowest official temperature reported was 39 degrees at Hunts Bridge on October 16. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.87 inches at Blackville ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 12. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.8 inches.


                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            0.89    36.50     -1.3
      Anderson AP            0.47    27.91     -7.1
      Columbia Metro AP      0.37    32.19     -5.0
    Orangeburg AP            0.94    33.18     -6.0
 Charlotte, NC AP            1.03    35.76      2.1
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.25    25.30    -10.2
      Florence AP            0.52    24.98    -10.9
N Myrtle Beach AP            1.01    28.37    -15.5
    Charleston AP            0.91    34.00    -10.0
  Savannah, GA AP            1.48    32.22     -9.0


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 71 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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