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October 27, 2008 - November 2, 2008


A cold front entered the state Monday on northwest winds gusting to near 30 mph. Caesars Head reported a dusting of snow on the visitor's center rooftop Tuesday morning. The season's coldest air sent the mercury into the 20's Wednesday morning with freezing temperatures reported as far south as Walterboro. Widespread frost was reported throughout central and western portions of the state. Cloudless, blue skies and cool afternoon temperatures around 60 degrees dominated the rain-free period into the weekend. At October's end the Charleston AP had measured a monthly rainfall total of 11.10 inches. Warming returned Saturday and peaked Sunday with mid-afternoon temperatures climbing into the 70's. Areas of light rain began entering the coastal counties Sunday evening with the approach of a low pressure feature from the south. The state average temperature for the period was nine degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 77 degrees at Chesterfield on November 2. The lowest official temperature reported was 23 degrees at Cheraw on the morning of October 31. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.0 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.00   31.45    -11.4
      Columbia           0.00   35.87     -6.3
    Orangeburg           0.00   37.38     -4.8
 Charlotte, NC           0.00   36.24     -1.0
   Augusta, GA           0.00   32.46     -6.5
      Florence           0.00   44.71      5.8
N Myrtle Beach           0.00   43.96      4.5
    Charleston           0.00   44.70     -1.1
  Savannah, GA           0.00   41.05     -3.5   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 62degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 67 degrees.

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