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November 10, 2008 - November 16, 2008


On Monday morning, locations within central South Carolina observed patchy frost and near freezing temperatures. A warm front slowly moved north during mid-week with the axis of warmest temperatures along the coastal counties. Scattered rains started falling Wednesday. The increasingly unstable airmass set the stage for thunderstorms Thursday and isolated heavy downpours. A southeastward-moving boundary of colder air collided with the moist, warm air on Friday evening producing episodes of violent weather. At 10:50 p.m., an EF 1 tornado raced through Calhoun County near Lonestar, and shortly after midnight at 12:55 a.m., an EF 2 tornado caused moderate property damage in Dillon County. Clearing skies began from the west early Saturday with lingering showers slowly exiting the easternmost counties late in the day. Winds associated with the cold front's passage gusted to 40 mph at Florence AP and were responsible for accelerated leaf drop all across the state. The week ended with a full day of drying sunshine and afternoon high temperatures in the 50's. The state average temperature for the period was four degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 81 degrees at Beaufort MCAS and Pritchardville on November 13. The lowest official temperature reported was 26 degrees at Lake Bowen and Pelion on the morning of November 10. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.54 inches at Dillon ending at 7:00 a.m. on November 15. The state average rainfall for the period was 2.2 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.60   32.13    -12.5
      Columbia           2.19   38.09     -5.4
    Orangeburg           2.26   39.71     -3.8
 Charlotte, NC           0.98   37.35     -1.5
   Augusta, GA           3.88   36.54     -3.7
      Florence           2.16   47.17      7.1
N Myrtle Beach           2.03   46.44      5.6
    Charleston           0.16   45.15     -1.9
  Savannah, GA           3.46   44.53     -1.1   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 61 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 64 degrees.

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