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October 18, 2010 - October 24, 2010


After an early morning low temperature of 40 degrees, the thermometer at Columbia's Hamilton-Owens AP indicated a late afternoon, 45-degree rise to 85 degrees. Sunny, blue skies were observed during the daytime hours on Tuesday. Light rains formed over the Upstate overnight and by Wednesday morning both Anderson and the Clemson AP had measured almost a tenth of an inch. This pattern continued through Wednesday night with light rains over the foothills. Fountain Inn reported a rain shower that left 0.17 inches. Morning fog on Thursday reduced visibilities to "zero" at Shaw AFB and one-eighth of a mile at McEntire ANG near Eastover. Beaufort, Greer, Ft. Moultrie and Clemson all recorded 81 degrees on Thursday afternoon. A body of cooler air entered the state on Friday. Sandy Run and Walterboro reported Friday high temperatures of 74 degrees. Locations away from the immediate coast noted Saturday morning low temperatures in the 30's. Dillon and Cades cooled to their lowest temperature of the season with 37 degrees. Fast warming occurred during the day with Bishopville and Givhans peaking at 83 degrees. The airmass began to moisten on Sunday and by late evening a few showers were observed along the coastal counties. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 85 degrees at Barnwell, Columbia Metro AP and Columbia Hamilton-Owens AP on October 18. The lowest official temperature reported was 32 degrees at Pelion on October 23. The heaviest official 24-hour rain reported was 0.20 inches at Clinton ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 21. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.0 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.10   36.58     -5.1
      Anderson           0.10   32.80     -5.6
      Columbia           0.00   30.82    -10.6
    Orangeburg           0.00   36.64     -4.8
 Charlotte, NC           0.10   32.36     -3.8
   Augusta, GA           0.00   25.47    -12.6
      Florence           0.00   39.95      1.9
N Myrtle Beach           0.00   37.25     -1.4
    Charleston           0.01   53.97      8.9
  Savannah, GA           0.06   33.87     -9.9  

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 70 degrees, Charleston 71 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 70 degrees.

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