October 16 - October 22, 2006


On Monday, the large circulation from low pressure moving northeast from the Gulf coastal states brought clouds and showers to South Carolina. Heavy rains fell across the upstate Tuesday with a few sites measuring four inches or greater over the two-day event. Areas of dense fog lowered visibilities Wednesday morning to less than one-quarter mile at locations from the Piedmont westward into the mountains. Warming southerly winds helped push the thermometer into the 80's on both Thursday and Friday afternoons. Sunny weather was observed on Saturday before an advancing cold front brought thundershowers on Sunday. For the period, the state average temperature was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 86 degrees at Allendale on October 19 and at Andrews, Summerville, Jamestown, Givhans, Ft. Moultrie, Edisto Beach, and Charleston AP on October 20. The lowest official temperature reported was 40 degrees at Hunts Bridge and Table Rock on the morning of October 21. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.22 inches at Keowee Dam ending at 7:00 AM on October 18. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.9 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           2.96   32.27     -9.2
      Columbia           0.49   33.17     -8.0 
    Orangeburg           0.84   31.38     -9.7 
 Charlotte, NC           1.99   34.88     -1.1             	
   Augusta, GA           0.56   31.67     -6.2  
      Florence           1.04   38.13      0.2
  Myrtle Beach           0.79   42.52      4.0
    Charleston           1.22   41.73     -3.2     
  Savannah, GA           0.14   29.26    -14.3

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 71 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Fripp Inlet were reported at 69 to 70 degrees.