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October 22 - October 28, 2012


Mild to warm, dry weather was observed through most of the work week. At 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Greenville, Columbia, Orangeburg and Charleston all reported a sunny 76 degrees. Tuesday began with sunrise temperatures in the 40's. Barnwell, McCormick and Clarks Hill warmed to an afternoon high temperature of 82 degrees. Dense fog formed on Wednesday morning across the Midlands and into the Pee Dee. The Columbia Metro AP and Florence AP reported visibilities reduced to less than one-quarter of a mile. The Wednesday high temperature at Sandhill and Saluda reached 83 degrees. On Thursday, the cirrus outflow from a distant, Hurricane Sandy began edging into the south coastal counties. The high temperature of 83 degrees at Florence, Hartsville and Jamestown was close to ten degrees above the long-term average. Overcast skies on Friday limited the surface warming and most sites reported high temperatures in the 70's. At 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, light rain from Hurricane Sandy was reported at N Myrtle Beach. Saturday's blowing rain was confined to the coastal counties. The rain gage at N Inlet measured an event total of 0.64 inches. Winds at the Charleston AP gusted to 36 mph. At 5:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, the center of Hurricane Sandy was located 335 miles east-southeast of Charleston and moving northeast. Breezy conditions affected much of the state on Sunday but the strongest winds were near the beaches. The N Myrtle Beach AP recorded a 45 mph gust from the northeast at 11:38 a.m. Allendale and Givhans warmed to 78 degrees ahead of a cold front that arrived during the evening. The state average temperature for the period was five degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 86 degrees at the Marlboro County AP on October 25. The lowest official temperature reported was 38 degrees at Ninety Nine Islands on October 23. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.64 inches at N Myrtle Beach on October 27. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.0 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg         
         Greer AP            0.01    32.15     -6.9
      Anderson AP            0.01    33.60     -2.6
      Columbia Metro AP      0.00    37.63     -0.7
    Orangeburg AP            0.00    36.73     -3.5
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.00    29.20     -5.7
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.00    30.31     -6.8
      Florence AP            0.00    35.87     -1.1
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.64    33.23    -12.0
    Charleston AP            0.17    38.21     -7.0
  Savannah, GA AP            0.00    37.82     -4.6

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 69 degrees, Charleston 69 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 69 degrees.

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