October 23 - October 29, 2006


Cold, high pressure settled into the state on Monday with fast drying and clear skies. A frost and freeze was observed Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for most sites with the exception of the southern coast. At 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, both Clemson and Charleston were reporting 54 degrees. Increasing south winds early Friday signaled the approach of a boundary and associated rains that continued through the day. Winds at Charleston AP gusted to 47 mph and several locations measured rainfall amounts in excess of two inches before clearing began overnight. Saturday's weather was sunny and cool with brisk northwest winds. The week ended on a mild note with afternoon high temperatures around 70 degrees. For the period, the state average temperature was seven degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 77 degrees at Allendale on October 29. The lowest official temperature reported was 25 degrees at Hunts Bridge and Cheraw on the morning of October 25. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.27 inches at Chappells ending at 7:00 AM on October 28. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.1 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           1.61   33.88     -8.5
      Columbia           1.30   34.47     -7.4 
    Orangeburg           0.74   32.12     -9.8 
 Charlotte, NC           0.87   35.75     -1.0             	
   Augusta, GA           0.91   32.58     -6.0  
      Florence           0.87   39.00      0.5
  Myrtle Beach           2.20   44.72      5.6
    Charleston           1.07   42.80     -2.7     
  Savannah, GA           0.39   29.65    -14.6

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 63 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Myrtle Beach were reported at 64 degrees.