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October 17, 2011 - October 23, 2011


Summer-like warmth returned on Monday afternoon for Barnwell, Summerville, Hartsville and Bennettsville all of which reached 88 degrees. Tuesday morning's warm and moist air, arriving over cool grounds, caused dense fog and reduced visibilities rated at "zero" for Johns Island AP and McEntire ANG AP. A broad sub-tropical feature, moving north from Florida, began influencing the southern-most coast with light rain around noon. Moderate to heavy rains developed through the afternoon and overnight hours affecting most of the state. Some of the heaviest 24-hour rainfall amounts noted by Wednesday morning included 2.28 inches at Pageland, 1.82 inches at Jocassee Dam, 1.65 inches at Sandy Run and 1.32 inches at McClellanville. At 2:00 p.m., Anderson reported 56 degrees while Walterboro reported 86 degrees. At 4:00 p.m., the Rock Hill AP noted the storm's lowest barometric pressure value at 29.31 inches of mercury. Thursday's gusting winds and falling temperatures replaced the stretch of wet weather. Walterboro's previous warm day of 86 degrees cooled to a Thursday high temperature of just 62 degrees. The high temperature in Pickens was 55 degrees. The Upstate sites of Hunts Bridge and Walhalla recorded a freezing 32 degrees near sunrise on Friday morning. Newberry and the airports at Conway and Hartsville all reported 37 degrees. Sunny, seasonal weather was observed over the weekend. While most locations saw afternoon high temperatures in the 60's, Ft. Moultrie, Pinopolis and Givhans reached 72 degrees on Saturday. On Sunday, a mild 74 degrees was recorded at the Georgetown AP, Edisto Beach and Beaufort. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 89 degrees at Givhans on October 17. The lowest official temperature reported was 31 degrees at Hunts Bridge on October 22. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.62 inches at Jackson USGS ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 19. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.0 inches.


                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            0.73    37.23     -1.3
      Anderson AP            0.72    28.63     -7.1
      Columbia Metro AP      1.52    33.71     -4.2
    Orangeburg AP            0.77    33.95     -6.0
 Charlotte, NC AP            1.36    37.12      2.7
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       1.19    26.49    -10.2
      Florence AP            0.39    25.37    -11.2
N Myrtle Beach AP            1.17    29.54    -15.2
    Charleston AP            0.95    34.95     -9.8
  Savannah, GA AP            0.69    32.91     -9.1

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 66 degrees, Charleston 67 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 68 degrees.

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