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October 11, 2010 - October 17, 2010


Unseasonably warm weather for October continued into the first half of the week. The McEntire AP near Eastover reported 88 degrees on Monday as did Conway on Tuesday. Jocassee Dam received 0.18 inches of rain from a brief shower also on Tuesday. Isolated and widely-spaced showers fell on Wednesday across the Lowcountry and Foothills. Gaston Shoals reported one of the heavier amounts with 0.28 inches. Barnwell and Lake Wateree warmed to 89 degrees. A cold front and stormy weather raced through the state on Thursday with hail followed by plummeting temperatures. Hailstones the size of golf balls fell on Conway and Newberry. Weather monitoring instruments at White Knoll High School in Lexington County measured a two minute temperature fall of 15 degrees as marble-sized hail covered the ground. Barnwell's Thursday high temperature of 82 degrees fell 47 degrees to a Friday morning low of 35 degrees. Only a handful of locations reported measurable rain from the passing storms and the amounts were generally less than one-tenth of an inch. Temperatures on Friday morning ranged from the middle 30's to middle 40's for much of the state. There were more public reports of patchy ground frost. Sunny skies and slow warming were observed through the dry weekend. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 90 degrees at the USC Campus in Columbia on October 11. The lowest official temperature reported was 34 degrees at Winnsboro on October 15 and at Chesnee on October 17. The heaviest official 24-hour rain reported was 0.48 inches at N Inlet Winyah Bay, Georgetown ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 15. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.1 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.00   36.48     -4.4
      Anderson           0.00   32.70     -5.0
      Columbia           0.01   30.82     -9.9
    Orangeburg           0.23   36.64     -4.1
 Charlotte, NC           0.09   32.26     -3.1
   Augusta, GA           0.00   25.47    -11.9
      Florence           0.00   39.95      2.5
N Myrtle Beach           0.22   37.25     -0.8
    Charleston           0.00   53.96      9.5
  Savannah, GA           0.00   33.81     -9.3  




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 70 degrees.

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