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November 9, 2009 - November 15, 2009


Near 80-degree warmth was reported on Monday for locations within the coastal counties. A solar halo appeared within the high cirrus clouds at around noon over the Midlands and signaled the expected approach of precipitation. Shortly after midnight, a curtain of rain fell as the once-named and Mobile Bay, Alabama landfalling Tropical Storm Ida remnants entered the Upstate. At 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, both Anderson AP and Orangeburg AP reported heavy rain. Abundant Atlantic moisture, drawn into the circulation, would cause steady, saturating rainfalls through the day and into Wednesday. At 12.36 p.m. Wednesday, Springmaid Pier measured north winds gusting to 48 mph. The lowest barometric pressure noted was 29.61 inches of mercury at N Myrtle Beach AP at 4:35 a.m. on Thursday. Some sunshine appeared over the state's westernmost counties Thursday afternoon but clouds, light rain or drizzle persisted eastward to the coast. On Friday, the Georgetown AP recorded a high temperature of only 52 degrees while a sunny Clemson AP recorded 76 degrees. When the effects of the passing cyclonic feature had exited, Loris, in Horry County, had received 6.91 inches of rain during the event. Sunny, mild weather was observed over the weekend and contributed to fast drying. The state average temperature for the period was four degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 80 degrees at Charleston AP on November 9 and at Camden, Barnwell, Hunts Bridge, Allendale, Givhans and Pritchardville on November 15. The lowest official temperature reported was 41 degrees at Walterboro and Hunts Bridge on November 15. The heaviest official 24-hour rain reported was 5.55 inches at Clarks Hill ending at 7:00 a.m. on November 11. The state average rainfall for the period was 3.0 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           4.52   43.17     -1.3
      Anderson           3.41   45.19      4.2
      Columbia           3.04   44.46      1.1
    Orangeburg           2.92   38.10     -5.2
 Charlotte, NC           3.50   40.09      1.4
   Augusta, GA           4.54   40.60      0.5
      Florence           2.82   33.50     -6.4
N Myrtle Beach           4.95   35.61     -5.1
    Charleston           1.71   45.37     -1.6
  Savannah, GA           1.56   49.66      4.1   

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 62 degrees, Charleston 63 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. Ocean water temperatures at nearby Fort Pulaski, GA, were reported at 66 degrees and at Ocean Crest Pier, NC, 64 degrees.

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