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October 12, 2009 - October 18, 2009


A nearly stationary boundary became the avenue for a long-duration rain event beginning before sunrise on Monday. The heaviest totals fell from Anderson County to near Florence County. Pelion measured 3.82 inches in 24-hours. At 3:00 p.m., McEntire ANG Airport reported heavy rain and 57 degrees while at distant Hilton Head it was partly sunny and 81 degrees. Brilliant, blue skies were observed Tuesday with afternoon temperatures warming into the upper 70's. On Wednesday, rainshowers once again developed along the oscillating boundary and this pattern continued for several days. Because of the absence of ground-warming, sunshine hours, Chester's high temperature Thursday only made it to 53 degrees. A cold front entered the state over the weekend limiting any warming caused by the few breaks of sunshine. On Saturday, Columbia Airport set a date record lowest maximum temperature of 58 degrees. On Sunday, both Florence and Charleston set date record low maximum temperatures of 57 and 60 degrees, respectively. At sunset on Sunday, the season's coldest air was spreading into the state from the northwest. The state average temperature for the period was 5 degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 82 degrees at Edisto Beach on October 12 and at Lake Wateree on October 13. The lowest official temperature reported was 34 degrees at Cedar Creek on October 18. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.84 inches at Antreville ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 13. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.8 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           1.86   36.39     -4.6
      Anderson           2.53   39.78      2.0
      Columbia           2.94   39.60     -1.2
    Orangeburg           2.08   34.62     -6.1
 Charlotte, NC           0.84   33.98     -1.5
   Augusta, GA           2.53   34.13     -3.3
      Florence           1.69   30.46     -7.1
N Myrtle Beach           0.95   29.49     -8.6
    Charleston           1.42   43.37     -1.2
  Savannah, GA           1.80   48.04      4.8   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 66 degrees, Charleston 69 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at nearby Fort Pulaski, GA, were reported at 70 degrees and at Ocean Crest Pier, NC, 68 degrees.

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