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October 10, 2016 - October 16, 2016


Most of South Carolina observed a dry, mid-October week. The Clemson-Oconee AP and Greenwood 8 NE reported a Monday high temperature at a seasonal 78 degrees. The state's coldest morning since May 4 arrived on Tuesday. Ninety Nine Islands cooled to 39 degrees. It was 41 degrees in Cedar Creek, 44 degrees at McEntire ANG AP near Eastover and 46 degrees at Marion and Conway. At 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the Little Pee Dee River at Galivant's Ferry rose to a new record 16.2 feet and was on its way to a record crest of 17.10 feet at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Myrtle Beach International AP warmed to 81 degrees on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. Florence and Allendale reached 81 degrees on Thursday and Summerville and Beaufort shared 81 degrees on Friday. Extensive flooding, car and home windows deep, continued in the town of Nichols adjacent to the swollen Lumber River. The Waccamaw River near Conway was in "Major Flood" and rising. Non-elevated property near and below Conway along the Waccamaw River had to be abandoned. The Greenville-Spartanburg AP, Saluda and Mullins high temperature on Saturday made it to 72 degrees. A few showers moved over the southern-most coastal islands early on Sunday morning. The CoCoRaHS volunteer observer at Daufuskie Island measured 0.34 inches. Mostly sunny, blue skies moved the afternoon temperature to 83 degrees at Lake City and the Charleston AP. At 8:45 p.m., the Waccamaw River near Conway reached a stage of 17.62 feet, exceeding the "second highest" level known from the rains of Hurricane Floyd in September of 1999. At 11:45 p.m. Sunday night, the Waccamaw River near Conway had risen to 17.68 feet and was approaching the station's record stage of 17.80 feet set on September 30, 1928.

The highest official temperature reported was 85 degrees at Greenville Downtown AP and Orangeburg 2 on October 13. The lowest official temperature reported was 33 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on October 12. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.06 inches at McClellanville 7 NE ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 16. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.0 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was near the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.00 21.13 -13.9
Greer AP 0.00 29.66 -8.1
Charlotte, NC AP 0.00 29.76 -3.9
Columbia Metro AP 0.00 34.19 -3.0
Orangeburg AP 0.00 34.80 -4.4
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.00 33.24 -2.7
Florence AP 0.00 55.46 19.6
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.00 53.41 9.5
Charleston AP 0.00 54.74 10.8
Savannah, GA AP 0.09 50.96 9.7

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 69 degrees. Columbia 73 degrees. Barnwell 66 degrees. Mullins 66 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were in flood (Pee Dee/N Coast) and much below normal (Upstate). Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 73 degrees.

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