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October 20, 2008 - October 26, 2008


Patchy frost was observed across the Upstate and Midlands Monday morning as minimum temperatures fell to their coldest of the early fall season. Temperatures on Tuesday afternoon quickly rebounded into the 70's ahead of another boundary of cooler air. At 11 a.m. Thursday, Rock Hill AP recorded a barometric pressure value of 30.56 inches of mercury. A storm feature approached from the Florida panhandle on Friday bringing flooding rains and damaging, high winds. The Lake Murray Flotilla Island wind sensor measured a wind gust of 56 mph at 5:50 p.m. Trees were toppled within Lexington and Newberry counties. Widespread flooding was reported over Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, and Beaufort counties from localized rainfall amounts of between five and nine inches. The Charleston AP established a 24-hour October rainfall record of 6.57 inches. Slow clearing from the west occurred on Saturday. A full day of drying sunshine returned for Sunday with afternoon temperatures warming to near 70 degrees. The state average temperature for the period was five degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 78 degrees at Orangeburg on October 21. The lowest official temperature reported was 29 degrees at Cheraw on the morning of October 20. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 9.50 inches at McClellanville ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 25. The state average rainfall for the period was 2.1 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.39   31.45    -10.5
      Columbia           1.51   35.87     -5.7
    Orangeburg           2.92   37.38     -4.2
 Charlotte, NC           0.20   36.24     -0.2	
   Augusta, GA           1.41   32.46     -5.8
      Florence           1.03   44.71      6.5
N Myrtle Beach           2.46   43.96      5.1
    Charleston           6.57   44.70     -0.5
  Savannah, GA           3.61   41.05     -2.9   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 65degrees.


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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