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October 26, 2009 - November 1, 2009


Cloudy, cool conditions were observed on Monday. Sumter's Shaw AFB reported a high temperature of only 58 degrees. A rush of Gulf moisture began entering the state from the south before sunrise on Tuesday. At noon, Anderson, Greenwood and Columbia were all reporting heavy rain. Temperatures moved very little throughout the day. Greer's morning low of 53 degrees peaked at 54 degrees. A late-night warm front pushed the mercury at Charleston to 76 degrees at 11:59 p.m. The boundary of rain ended during the early morning hours on Wednesday over the central and north coast with brief thunderstorms. Summerville warmed to 82 degrees on Thursday. Unseasonably high temperatures were recorded on Halloween Saturday. Orangeburg, Florence, Barnwell and Charleston each reported high temperatures of 85 degrees. Upstate locations were affected by scattered rains later Saturday along a southeastward moving boundary of cooler air. Union's rain gage measured 1.07 inches and Pelion, 0.88 inches. At month's end, Table Rock had totaled 8.32 inches of rain while Jamestown only 2.13 inches. A sharp change was observed Sunday with overcast skies, occasional light rain or drizzle and chilling northeast winds. The state average temperature for the period was 5 degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 86 degrees at Jamestown and Cades on October 31. The lowest official temperature reported was 45 degrees at Chesnee on October 30. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.03 inches at Greenville ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 28. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.0 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           2.20   38.65     -4.1
      Anderson           1.90   41.78      2.5
      Columbia           1.63   41.42     -0.7
    Orangeburg           0.54   35.18     -7.0
 Charlotte, NC           2.34   36.59     -0.5
   Augusta, GA           1.87   36.06     -2.8
      Florence           0.18   30.68     -8.1
N Myrtle Beach           1.17   30.66     -8.7
    Charleston           0.28   43.66     -2.1
  Savannah, GA           0.06   48.10      3.7   

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 69 degrees, Charleston 72 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at nearby Fort Pulaski, GA, were reported at 71 degrees and at Ocean Crest Pier, NC, 68 degrees.

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