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October 14 - October 20, 2013


At 12:18 p.m. on Monday, instruments on the Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach recorded north-northeast winds of 23 mph, gusting to 29 mph. Cloudy skies over Chester kept the afternoon high temperature to just 66 degrees. More sunshine on Tuesday nudged the mercury to a 3:00 p.m. temperature of 75 degrees at Rock Hill, Sumter and Beaufort. Sullivan's Island warmed to 86 degrees on Wednesday afternoon. Kingstree reached 84 degrees on Thursday ahead of an approaching boundary bringing areas of light rain to the Upstate. On Friday morning, Liberty had received a 24-hour rainfall of 0.37 inches. Other totals included 0.31 inches at Pickens and Keowee Dam, 0.26 inches at Sandy Springs and 0.24 inches at the Greenville-Spartanburg AP. The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station recorded a Friday maximum temperature of 86 degrees. Lines of showers moved east through the day. By Saturday morning, Galivant's Ferry had received 0.61 inches of rain, Chesterfield 0.33 inches and Lake City and Orangeburg 0.29 inches. Charleston reported a Saturday high temperature of 84 degrees. Colder air edged into the state's high elevations on Sunday morning with the season's first morning temperatures into the 30's. The balance of Sunday ended on the cloudy side with breaks for partial sunshine and mild air. Little Mountain and Florence recorded highs of 70 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 87 degrees at Barnwell and Pinopolis on October 17. The lowest official temperature reported was 38 degrees at Long Creek and Caesars Head on October 20. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.67 inches at N Myrtle Beach AP on October 19. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.2 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            0.13    56.11     20.7  
           Greer AP            0.26    58.72     20.5
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.11    38.86      4.7
  Columbia Metro AP            0.03    47.53      9.9
      Orangeburg AP            0.29    49.31      9.7
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.04    46.79     10.4
        Florence AP            0.14    48.17     11.9
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.73    43.27     -1.1
      Charleston AP            0.00    52.43      8.0
    Savannah, GA AP            0.11    49.15      7.5

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 72 degrees, Charleston 74 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 71 degrees.

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