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October 15 - October 21, 2012


At noon on Monday, Florence, Sumter, Myrtle Beach and Charleston all reported 79 degrees. A frontal passage during the afternoon hours caused scattered thunderstorms and a report of one-inch diameter hailstones falling over Marion. Mullins received 0.65 inches of rain and Florence received 0.60 inches. The Tuesday morning low temperature at Saluda cooled to 41 degrees. A sunny Barnwell recorded a mild 76 degrees on Tuesday afternoon. The state was divided on Wednesday with clouds over the eastern half and sunshine into the mountains. Warmer air pushed north on Thursday, helping Hartsville, Columbia and Hardeeville to reach 82 degrees. Overnight rains developed in response to the week's second intrusion of colder air. At 3:00 a.m. on Friday morning, Shaw AFB AP reported "heavy rain." Darlington measured one of the more generous 24-hour rainfalls with 0.76 inches. Chesterfield reported 0.61 inches and Cheraw noted 0.48 inches. Ahead of the colder air, the Georgetown AP warmed to 81 degrees. A seasonal chill was observed on Saturday morning. The thermometer at Newberry and Walterboro indicated 43 degrees. Sunny, blue skies allowed for afternoon temperatures in the low to mid 70's. On Sunday, Greenville and Lake City shared a high temperature of 71 degrees. The state average temperature for the period was one degree above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 85 degrees at the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station on October 15. The lowest official temperature reported was 38 degrees at Pelion on October 16 and at Ninety Nine Islands, Cedar Creek and Pelion on October 20. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.87 inches at Dillon ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 16. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.3 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg         
         Greer AP            0.11    32.14     -6.2
      Anderson AP            0.09    33.59     -1.9
      Columbia Metro AP      0.29    37.63     -0.1
    Orangeburg AP            0.44    36.73     -3.0
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.29    29.20     -5.1
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.10    30.31     -6.2
      Florence AP            0.95    35.87     -0.5
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.36    32.59    -11.9
    Charleston AP            0.02    38.04     -6.5
  Savannah, GA AP            0.14    37.82     -4.0
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 68 degrees, Charleston 70 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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